To­mor­row’s wheels for use with yes­ter­day’s brakes

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

Th­ese new Am­bro­sio wheels have one foot in the fu­ture and one foot in the past. What’s for­ward-look­ing about them is their de­sign and multi-pur­pose ap­pli­ca­bil­ity. First of all they’re wider, with a 20mm in­ter­nal width and a 24mm ex­ter­nal width; se­condly, they’re com­pat­i­ble with tube­less tyres; and thirdly, they’re ever-so-slightly aero thanks to their flat-bladed spokes and 27mm rim depth. So, al­though they’re os­ten­si­bly road wheels, their suit­abil­ity for wider tyres run at lower pres­sures means they could just as eas­ily be run off-road.

What’s an­chor­ing them in the past, how­ever, is the fact that they’re de­signed for rims rather than disc brakes. That’s not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, at least for the time be­ing. But it seems odd given that the rest of the i20’s specs are so in line with the trend for go- any­where, multi-use, ad­ven­ture bikes that, typ­i­cally, use disc brakes.

Nev­er­the­less, th­ese are de­cent wheels with a lot go­ing for them. With­out a cas­sette, quick-re­leases, tubes or tyres they weigh 1,775g (818g for the front, 957g for the rear) and their width pro­duces a tyre pro­file that’s less pinched-in. With 25mm tyres (in this case Miche­lin Power All Sea­sons in­flated to 100psi) the wheels felt smooth, sta­ble and swift – even over tar­mac bro­ken by tree roots.

They may not be fu­ture­proof but they’re not too heavy, not too slow and not too ex­pen­sive. So just right, es­pe­cially if you’re look­ing for a great pair of win­ter train­ing wheels.

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