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Cam­pag­nolo Zonda C17 $755

The Zonda c17 alu­minum wheels by Cam­pag­nolo fol­low the lead of the Ital­ian com­pany’s Shamal Ul­tra hoops. The Zonda, like the Shamal, is now a lit­tle bit wider, with a 17-mm in­ter­nal width. That di­men­sion gives tires, espe­cially 25c tires, more of a semi­cir­cle profile (in­stead of a light­bulb shape) pro­vid­ing bet­ter trac­tion. The tra­di­tional cup-and-cone bear­ings should roll smooth and fast for many miles with proper main­te­nance. At 1,540 g, a pair of Zon­das are only about 50 g heav­ier than a set of Shamals. But at $755, you get durable hoops on which you can ride far and wide. ( cam­pag­nolo.com)

Shi­mano R9170 Dura-ace C40 Disc $2,550

With the re­launch of the Shi­mano Dura-ace line, discs have gone right to the top. Not only are there Dura-ace ro­tors and calipers, but the Ja­pan-based com­pany has made top-end wheels to match. The c40-tl can han­dle a tube­less step. The thru­axle has a 12-mm di­am­e­ter. A set weighs in at 1,540 g. The wheels are well-rounded con­tenders suit­able for all con­di­tions at a rea­son­able price. ( bike.shi­mano.com)

DT Swiss PR 1400 Di­cut Oxic $2,200

The DT Swiss PR 1400 Di­cut Oxic wheels are as light (1,435 g) and stiff as you will find with­out go­ing to car­bon rims. The PR 1400 fea­ture wide, low-profile asym­met­ric rims with a ce­ramic-coated brak­ing sur­face to boost brak­ing power. The rims are laced to the hubs with DT aero comp spokes. They’re straight-pull, as op­posed to J-bend, which DT says gives them a bet­ter strength to weight ra­tio. ( dtswiss.com)

Praxis Works RC21 $2,350

These ver­sa­tile car­bon wheels have you cov­ered from road to gravel or cy­clocross. The thru-axle hubs come by way of DT Swiss (dt350 with the 36-star ratchet). There’s a 15-mm thru axle in the front and 142 x 12-mm thru axle in the rear. The 30-mm deep rims sport an in­ter­nal width of 21 mm. The rims are tube­less ready and come with spare spokes, just in case. ( gw­bi­cy­cle.com)

En­er­gy­lab VCD 60 Disc $1,599

En­er­gy­lab is a Cal­gary-based wheel marker. The com­pany’s vcd 60 Disc are bud­get-friendly aero hoops. En­er­gy­lab says the pair weighs in at 1,697 g. Front axle op­tions in­clude quick re­lease, 12 mm and 15 mm. At the back, you can pick QR, 135 x 12-mm and 142 x 12-mm. If you’re look­ing for a cy­clocross op­tion, you can get a pair of vcd 60 Disc that run tubu­lar tires. ( en­er­gy­lab-sports.com)

Eas­ton EA70 SL Disc $915

Eas­ton drew upon its X5 moun­tain hub for the X5 CL hubs at the cen­tre of its Eas­ton ea70 SL Disc wheels. The “CL” in the hub name is for Cen­ter Lock, Shi­mano’s mount­ing sys­tem for ro­tors. The rims are tube­less ready and have de­cently wide 19-mm in­ter­nal width, which should pro­vide sup­port for cy­clocross- or gravel-size tires. These are ver­sa­tile wheels for the bud­get-con­scious rider. ( eas­t­on­cy­cling.com)

Mavic Ksyrium Elite Disc $1,150

The Mavic Ksyrium Elite Disc is a ver­sa­tile set of hoops. You can con­vert the front hub from quick re­lease to 12-mm thru axle to 15-mm thru axle, with op­tional adap­tors. At the back, your op­tions are QR or 142 x 12 mm. The In­stant Drive 360 free­wheel of­fers fast en­gage­ment, mak­ing these wheels a great choice for your disc-equipped road or cross bike. At 1,670 g, they are a re­li­able wheel that can go the dis­tance. They come with Mavic Yk­sion Pro tires: the Kevlar Griplink on the front and the Pow­er­link in the rear. ( mavic.com)

Vi­sion Metron 55 SL $2,070

Vi­sion’s mid-height aero car­bon wheelset, weigh­ing in at 1,430 g, is en­tirely hand-built. The rear hub uses an­gu­lar con­tact bear­ings for smooth, long-last­ing dura­bil­ity. They are avail­able in clincher or tubu­lar and come with wheel bags, brake pads and valve ex­ten­ders. These wheels will serve you well from the start line to the fin­ish. ( vi­sion­techusa.com)—brad­hunter

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