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En­ergy-lab Sports VC90

$1,700 Used by An­drew Yorke at the Olympics (after he crashed, his bike was wrecked, but the wheels were un­dam­aged), these deep-dish wheels of­fer ex­cel­lent dura­bil­ity and ride per­for­mance, all while help­ing you to a faster bike split this sea­son. Spe­cially de­signed to be pre­dictable in winds de­spite the deeper dish, the VC90S are ex­tremely stiff so all your en­ergy will go into mov­ing you for­ward.

Bon­trager Ae­o­lus 9 TLR D3 Clincher

$1,650 FRONT; $1,900 REAR With an in­ner width of just 19.5 mm (the outer rim width is 27 mm for an op­ti­mal wind-cheat­ing pro­file), the D3 Dual Di­rec­tional De­sign pro­file of these rims cuts through the wind to en­sure you’ll go faster this sea­son. These rims are also tube­less ready, so you can en­joy the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to re­duce flats and weight. The stacked lac­ing align­ment is de­signed to en­sure the wheel is stiff enough to pro­vide ex­cel­lent power trans­fer. Quick and smooth DT Swiss hubs round out this speedy pack­age.

Zipp 454 NSW Car­bon Clincher

US$1,800 FRONT; US$2,200 REAR Us­ing biomimicry to re­duce aero­dy­namic drag and side forces, the 454 NSW Saw­tooth rim de­sign varies in width from 53 to 58 mm. The end re­sult is the best per­form­ing Zipp wheel ever in terms drag and sta­bil­ity in cross winds. As with all the high-end NSW prod­ucts, the Zipp en­gi­neers pulled out all the stops to en­sure the 454 will rocket you to a PB – the Por­tuguese-made cog­ni­tion hubs are com­bined with Bel­gian Sapim CX-RAY spokes to round out the su­per-fast pack­age.

Shi­mano Dura Ace C60

$2,150 Thanks to the wider rim you get the best of aero­dy­nam­ics and sta­bil­ity in Shi­mano’s speedy clincher wheelset that uses the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary car­bon con­struc­tion process and spoke sys­tem to en­sure you get a smooth ride. There’s an alu­minum brak­ing sur­face for op­ti­mal brak­ing no mat­ter what the con­di­tions, while low main­te­nance, durable and smooth hubs keep you rolling (very quickly) whether you’re train­ing or rac­ing. When­ever we’ve tested a set of Dura-ace wheels we’ve been amazed at just how durable they are, all while pro­vid­ing out­stand­ing aero­dy­namic per­for­mance.

Reynolds Strike Disc

$2,549 DISC BRAKE VER­SION; $2,299 RIM BRAKE VER­SION With many man­u­fac­tur­ers de­vel­op­ing bikes that use disc brakes (Cervélo P5X, Di­a­mond­back An­dean, etc.) Reynolds of­fers up a stylish new set of wheels that will fit the bill. With a rim pro­file that’s op­ti­mized for wider tires (the de rigueur aero ap­proach to aero­dy­nam­ics these days) and the abil­ity to go tube­less if you want, this durable, light­weight wheel be­comes a great op­tion for both train­ing and rac­ing. Water­slide graph­ics con­trib­ute to the stealth look while an in­creased front spoke count adds ro­ta­tional stiff­ness.

Cam­pag­nolo Bora 80

$4,165 The Bora 50 was a dream wheel for road­ies look­ing for the ul­ti­mate in aero, light­weight per­for­mance with it’s un­painted car­bon rim and smooth hubs. Now Campy has a TT and triath­lete ver­sion: the Bora 80. Each wheel is hand as­sem­bled by Cam­pag­nolo techs to en­sure that you get max­i­mal per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity.

Pow­er­tap G3 SES 4.5

$4,320 The SES wheels use dif­fer­ent rim ge­ome­tries for the front and back to give you ex­cel­lent aero­dy­namic per­for­mance in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. The G3 hub pro­vides power mea­sure­ment ac­cu­rate to within 1.5 per cent, all on light­weight Enve rims to give you a wheelset that will per­form on ev­ery­thing from a mon­strous hill climb to high­speed rollers. This clincher wheelset is great for train­ing and rac­ing and, even with the power-mea­sur­ing hub, weighs in at just 1,669 g.

Pro Disc Wheel Clincher

$2,400 When you want the ul­ti­mate in rear­wheel aero per­for­mance you need to run a disc and Pro’s clincher disc is plenty fast and light. The 3K car­bon ma­te­rial is sand­wiched to­gether in a spe­cial process to pro­vide out­stand­ing lat­eral stiff­ness and per­for­mance, while the smooth-spin­ning Ul­te­gra hub fin­ishes out the speedy pack­age. Pro has in­cluded an oval cut-out that’s suit­able for longer tube valves, too.

Pro­file De­sign 58/Twen­ty­four DB CL

$2,100 An­other disc brake op­tion for those in­vest­ing in some of the new disc-only su­per-bikes, the 58-mm deep and 24-mm wide 58/Twen­ty­four DB CL is a clincher-rimmed aero speed­ster. Stain­less steel Sapim Cx-ray­bladed spokes pro­vide a smooth, aero ride and lots of lat­eral stiff­ness to en­sure solid power trans­fer in this wheelset that weighs in at 1,740 g. The reg­u­lar 58/ Twen­ty­four rims pro­vide ex­cel­lent brak­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, now brak­ing is even sharper with this disc op­tion.—km

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