RAR Ex­alt 40 wheels

£2,680, roues-rar.fr

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

RAR takes its name from rouses ar­ti­sanales – French for ‘hand­built wheels’ – but the ti­tle seems some­what un­der­stated for these highly ex­otic hoops. Sur­gi­cal lev­els of pre­ci­sion, the com­pany claims, re­sult in wheels that are not only trued to within a hair’s breadth, but also balanced to off­set any valve-in­duced wob­bles.

The rims are made in Ger­many, and these Ex­alt 40s are on trend with their aero pro­fil­ing and wide 26mm outer width and 21mm in­ter­nal rim bed. The hook­less and tube­less-com­pat­i­ble rim weighs a claimed 375g, im­pres­sively light for 40mm depth, and we weighed the com­plete wheelset at 1,231g (557g front, 674g rear), just a whisker over the claimed 1,200g.

RAR makes its own Eso hubs in France, us­ing a 36-tooth ratchet-style free­hub (like that of DT Swiss) for the most ef­fi­cient en­gage­ment. And they weigh just 62g front and 162g rear – lighter than spe­cial­ist brands such as Tune, de­spite keep­ing to all-steel in­ter­nal parts for dura­bil­ity.

Spokes are the pop­u­lar CX Ray from Bel­gian brand Sapim, so it’s an all-euro af­fair. Each set is sup­plied with padded wheel­bag, ti­ta­nium quick re­leases, brake pads, valve ex­ten­ders, tube­less valves and tube­less rim tape – but you would rather ex­pect all that for the price.

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