There’s far more than meets the eye with Reynolds’ wheels, and they’re packed full of smart tech that makes them some of the best on the market
And it doesn’t end there. ISH (integrated step hook) means the edge of the rim has been shaped to create a channel between rim and tyre to smooth air flow; CR6 is so-called because of the six layers of carbon used in the layup and CTg is a high-temperature resin used to better cope with heat during braking.
In short, there’s far more than meets the eye when it comes to Reynolds’ wheels, and so there should be when you’re trying to justify and aero upgrade that’ll cost you just shy of £2,000. One thing that’s special about the set here is they’re disc brake ready, as Reynolds have chosen to re-work one of their most successful road wheels ready for the next generation of disc brake road bikes.
The 46 is the depth of the rim in millimetres, and width-wise it’s actually the narrowest in the range, which also includes 58s, 72s and 90s, although the 46s are currently the only ones available in this disc-ready format. And while the rim brake versions are available in either tubular or clincher formats, the disc brake wheels are clincher only and weigh in at a claimed 1,625g.
All the wheels in the range share the DET profile which, in layman’s terms, rejects the blunt (or snub-nosed) rim and sticks with the teardrop airfoil shape more commonly associated with aeroplane wings.
The result, according to Lew, is a wheel which performs as well at lower speeds as a competitor, say Zipp’s 303, does at high speeds. There’s a whole lot more behind it, and Lew has written a whole paper on the subject, but it’s the CTg technology that’s more likely to appeal to the everyday rider as the excellent braking in the dry, and solid braking in the wet, is a more important factor.
Reynolds reckon the 46 Aero is the best all-round wheel money can buy. It’s quite a claim to live up to, but they certainly blow away most of their rivals in the disc brake category, that’s for sure.