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Wheels - RCUK 100 2016

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Introduction

If you were to describe one place on a bike as the first upgrade point, it would probably be the wheels. Lots of off-the-shelf bikes come with down-specced wheels, meaning a change can make a big difference, and they’re really easy to change compared to, say, a crankset.

Fortunately, we don’t have the wheel size conundrums of our MTB-riding cousins (although the Cannondale Slate has opened that Pandora’s box) but there are still plenty of differences between road bike wheels. First up, now disc brakes are appearing everywhere you’ll need a specific set of wheels if you want to run discs, and it’s not just alloy clinchers either, there are some real carbon beauties for disc brake bikes.

Width is another confusion. For every wide rim, there’s another slim one, and for every aero-profiled rim there’s one where weight is the key concern. Similarly, road tubeless has added another option to the traditional clincher or tubular argument, and many wheels that would have been clincher rims before are now tubeless-ready as well.

And don’t forget tyres. Only one part of your bike touches the road surface, so you’d better make sure it’s quality. We’re far from the 23mm or nothing days of the past, and there’s everything here from traditional 23mm tyres up to plush 28mm rubber.

Wheels

RCUK100 - Chris King hubs

Chris King R45 hubs

Is this the best hubset money can buy? Probably...

Chris King R45 hubs
RCUK100 - Enve 4.5 SES wheels

Enve SES 4.5 clincher

Enve have moved into mid-range depths with these stunning wheels

Enve SES 4.5 clincher
RCUK100 - Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels

Zipp 303 Firecrest

Still the best all-round wheels on the market

Zipp 303 Firecrest
RCUK100 - Shimano Dura-Ace C24 wheels

Shimano Dura-Ace C24 wheelset

The alloy clinchers to end all alloy clinchers...

Shimano Dura-Ace C24 wheelset
RCUK100 - Hunt Aero Disc wheels

Hunt Aero Light Disc

A set of light disc-brake ready wheels from a new British brand

Hunt Aero Light Disc
RCUK100 - DT Swiss RC28 wheels

DT Swiss RC28 Spline C Mon Chasseral

Named after a mountain, you'd expect these to be light. And you won't be disappointed

DT Swiss RC28 Spline C Mon Chasseral
RCUK100 - Reynolds 46 Aero Disc wheel

Reynolds 46 Aero Disc

If you thought disc brake wheels weren't catching on, Reynolds have proved you wrong with these beauties

Reynolds 46 Aero Disc
RCUK100 - Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, Yksiom tyres

Mavic Ksyrium Elite

Very nice upgrade wheelset option from the iconic French brand

Mavic Ksyrium Elite
RCUK100 - Bontrager Aeolus TLR5 disc wheels

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR Disc D3

Wide, fast and disc brake ready, Bontrager aren't messing about with these

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR Disc D3

Tyres

RCUK100 - Panaracer Gravel King tyre

Panaracer Gravel King

'Gravel tyre' offers sturdy option for winter riding

Panaracer Gravel King
RCUK100 - Continental GP 4000S tyre

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II

German giants stick with the tried and tested

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II
RCUK100 - Schwalbe Pro One tyre

Schwalbe Pro One

Latest and greatest tubeless rubber from German giants

Schwalbe Pro One
RCUK100 - Michelin Pro4 Endurance tyre

Michelin Pro4 Endurance

Michelin crack combination of puncture defence, longevity, grip and speed

Michelin Pro4 Endurance
RCUK100 - Challenge Paris-Roubaix Open Tubular tyre

Challenge Paris-Roubaix

Heavy duty tyres that'll get the job done no matter where you want to ride

Challenge Paris-Roubaix
RCUK100 - Bontrager R4 320 tyre

Bontrager R4 320

Supple tyres with a high thread count that ride like a dream

Bontrager R4 320

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