Wheel, wheels, everywhere. Eurobike not only gave us the chance to cast an eye on the latest machinery to break cover, but also to see what’s new in the world of wheels.
And what is new? Mavic have jumped into the road disc market with two models, the entry-level Aksium One Disc and premium Ksyrium Pro Disc, while the French firm’s carbon clincher, the Cosmic Carbone 40, is now available in a more affordable version, and both the Ksyrium SLR and R-Sys SLR have been updated.
Easton have a new flagship wheelset, the featherweight E100, and Ritchey have added a disc hoop, the WCS Zeta II Disc, to their line-up, while Lightweight also have a disc wheel in the offing.
We take a look at all that in the gallery below – and you can find the rest of our
Eurobike coverage here.
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Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc
As the number of disc-ready road bikes has increased, so has the range of aftermarket wheels
The rim utilises Mavic's ISM 4D milling to reduce weight and the French firm claims a weight of 1,535g for the wheelset, which are sold with Mavic's new 25mm Yksion Pro tyres to make for a claimed weight of 2,115g for the 'wheel-tyre system' (as it's dubbed by Mavic). Yours for £880.
Mavic Aksium One Disc
Both the Aksium One Disc and the Ksyrium Pro Disc are available with either six-bolt or centrelock disc mounts. The Aksium One wheelset, which has a claimed weight of 1,965g, will set you back £175.
We spotted a number of disc-equipped bikes sporting either the Aksium One Disc or Ksyrium Pro Disc wheelsets at Eurobike. You can see our
full round-up of best disc-ready machines we saw here.
Mavic Ksyrium SLE
Mavic also had a number of other new, rim brake wheels to show us, including the Ksyrium SLE, which is based on the popular Ksyrium SLS, but with Mavic's excellent Exalith braking track to improve stopping performance. Claimed weight is 1,395g for the wheelset or 1,935g with the supplied Yksion Pro tyres. These will be in the shops for £1,000.
Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 Elite
The Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 C was launched last year, billed as 'the world's first reliable carbon clincher' -
read our review here - and there are two versions for 2015.
The new Cosmic Carbone 40 Elite uses aluminium hubs, rather than carbon fibre, to drop the price from £1,800 to £1,390 while reportedly maintaining the 1,545g claimed weight.
Mavic Ksyrium SLR
The Mavic Ksyrium SLR (£1,200) and R-Sys SLR (£1,600) have both been updated with a new, wider and deeper rim profile.
On to Easton, and the American firm has a new flagship hoop - the E100. It's their lightest ever wheelset, with a claimed weight of just 1,050g for the wheelset. It's only initially available in tubular format, though Easton say a clincher version is likely to follow.
The E100 has a full carbon construction, from the rim, to the spokes, to the hub. The hubs have sealed ceramic bearings, while the freehub has six individually-sprung pawls. The rim adopts Easton's wind tunnel-tested 'Fantom' profile, also on the
EC90 Aero 55 tubeless-ready carbon clinchers we showed you last year, which is 45mm deep and 24mm wide.
The E100's carbon spokes are ultrasonically welded to the 'donut' pictured above, so one spoke-side of the wheel can be replaced in the event of a spoke being damaged, rather than the wheel being written off. The E100's low weight comes with a high price tag - €3,499.80. UK price TBC.
Ritchey WCS Zeta II Disc
The 2014 Eurobike show saw the floodgates open as far as disc-equipped road bikes are concerned and those bikes need disc-specific wheels, with Ritchey among the many manufacturers to up the ante for model year 2015. This is the Ritchey WCS Zeta II Disc wheelset.
The Ritchey WCS Zeta II Disc wheels follow the current trend for a wider rim, with a generous claimed internal width of 20mm. The rim is also tubeless-compatible. Claimed weight for the wheelset is 1,560g. UK price TBC.
Continuing the theme, Reynolds have a complete line-up of disc road wheels, from the 46 Aero Disc to the Stratus Pro Disc, and everything in between. We also saw disc wheels from Shimano, Novatec, Giant and more.
Super-high-end carbon fibre wheel specialists Lightweight are also set to enter the disc market, with this prototype wheelset spotted on a Parlee Z-Zero Disc on the American bike brand's stand at Eurobike. Details are scarce but expect to hear more soon.