We run the rule over these new deep-rim race wheels

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

The C-88 clinch­ers from new Ital­ian brand Kru in­stantly im­press with their re­fined man­u­fac­tur­ing, cour­tesy of a for­mer Deda Ele­menti en­gi­neer. And, on the road, the C-88 didn’t dis­ap­point.

The first feel­ing when rid­ing is an in­cred­i­bly fast pair of wheels. Our im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was ac­tu­ally to pull the brakes and slow down in or­der to get fa­mil­iar with their ‘need for speed’. On hills, you feel the ad­e­quate 1.7kg weight of the wheelset but, when it’s about brak­ing re­sponse, the C-88 per­form in line – if not bet­ter – than other wheels of the same cat­e­gory. The rims of these clinch­ers are pretty wide and, in or­der to fit sev­eral forks, you’d need to widen up your brakes slightly.

The smartest part of the wheel is the hub, an idea that was awarded at the Cos­moBike Show. How many times have you over-tight­ened your quick-re­lease with­out know­ing that the ac­tion neg­a­tively af­fects both rolling re­sis­tance and safety? KRU has solved this by de­vel­op­ing an ‘En­hanced Bear­ing Per­for­mance’: the sys­tem doesn’t al­low the skewer to tighten up too much and also pro­tects the in­ter­nal bear­ings that won’t need main­te­nance for a guar­an­teed 200,000km.

The sec­ond key fea­ture is the car­bon fi­bre used in con­struc­tion. KRU uses a fi­bre with a higher ther­mal con­duc­tiv­ity, which helps spread brak­ing heat in the case of over­heat­ing. Nick Busca krucy­

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