Four more top hoops

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - IN DEPTH -

Bon­trager Aura 5 TLR $1,740

Aura 5 TLR wheels are ev­ery­day wind-cheaters. They have alu­minum rims, which pro­vide a good amount of fric­tion when you need to come to a stop, and 50-mm car­bon fair­ings to in­crease aero­dy­nam­ics. The dual-di­rec­tional de­sign (D3) pro­file not only cuts wind at the front, tire-lead­ing side of the wheel, but also at the rim-lead­ing side. The pair weighs 1,720 g. ( trek­

Spe­cial­ized Ro­val CLX 32 disc $2,600

Usu­ally, you pay a weight penalty when you want to get more aero. With the Ro­val CLX 32 disc, Spe­cial­ized aimed to shed grams and slice the wind. The hoops de­buted in mid-2016. Their 32-mm-deep rim shapes were de­vel­oped from the deeper Ro­val CLX 64 set and op­ti­mized for 26c tires. They have a in­ner rim width of 20.7 mm, which han­dles 28c tires nicely, should you want some­thing for rougher sur­faces. If those sur­faces have steep in­clines, you’re only push­ing 1,350 g up­hill. ( spe­cial­

Corima 47-mm MCC WS+ $6,750

The MCC WS+ clinch­ers are at the high end of French brand Corima’s lineup. For the price of a re­ally good bike, you get an ex­cep­tional pair of high-per­for­mance wheels. The com­pany makes the MCC S+ car­bon hubs – the rear with three pawls and 30-tooth ratchet – as well as the 47-mm-deep, 26-mm-wide car­bon rims. Both front and rear wheels have eye-catch­ing 12-car­bon-spoke pat­terns. The clinch­ers will add a mere 1,430 g to your ride, and killer looks. (

En­er­gy­lab VC 40 $1,499

At the cen­tre of the Cal­gary-based wheel maker’s VC 40 wheels are the Force hubs. The rear hub has six pawls, each with two teeth, which of­fer quick en­gage­ment with the ratchet. A quick pawl en­gage­ment means the power you put into your ped­als gets the wheel spin­ning sooner. If you are in a feisty crit, that setup will serve you well. At 1,665 g, the wheels aren’t too bad if you have some climb­ing to do. ( en­er­gy­—mp

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