TRI GEAR

The lat­est tri tech tested by our ex­pert re­vie­weers

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Test Centre -

CHRONO ONO www.parcou urs.cc £889.00

UK brand Parcou urs launched last sum­mer with the mis­sion of mak­ing high per­for­mance wh heels af­ford­able. Lower prices pre­clude ex­pen­sive R&D so these are open-mould rims, but Par­cours re­ally did their home­work in choos­ing their sup­pli­ers, even con­duct­ing their own wind tun­nel test.

At 1,884g, the 86mm Chronos are a fair weight and, while their mass is tan­gi­ble, it’s off­set to an ex­tent by the im­pres­sive lat­eral stiffness. Brak­ing is good in the dry and ad­e­quate in the wet, with the usual car­bon de­lay. Par­cours use To­ray car­bon fi­bre and resin, and give a two-year war­ranty for peace of mind. The spokes are top-notch Sapim CX-Ray with J-bend and ex­ter­nal nip­ples for ease of main­te­nance.

On the road they feel fast, so we ran care­fully con­trolled timed tests to power against noth­ing less than the over­all win­ners of last is­sue’s race wheels grouptest, the £3,300 Enve 7.8s. In three runs each, one of 12km and two of 8km, at 307 watts, the Chronos trailed the Enves by just one, two and five sec­onds. To be so close to the class lead­ers is phe­nom­e­nal. Put utan other ao te way,ay, these te se area eat least east as fas­tast as thete mar­ket-a et favourite aouteZi pp pp 808 NSWs for less than half the money.

They’re sta­ble, too, with a lit­tle more side pres­sure than the (slightly less deep) 7.8s but no more wind steer. Had they fea­tured in last is­sue’s grouptest, they’d have pinched Hed’s Best Buy award. The Chronos are that good.

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