Kit Upgrade: Wheels
When it comes to kit upgrades you can’t make a smarter move than a new set of wheels
Reynolds 66 C Paired Wheelset
Type: Full carbon clincher
SRP: £1,999.99 pair
Weight: 1,669g (claimed)
Tyres used: Schwalbe Ultremo
Features: The 66 C pair incorporates Reynolds' high modulus carbon and refined resin system. That makes them among the lightest on the market, yet still tough enough to handle one-day classics and the hardest time trials.
The Ride: These wheels look the business, with neatly applied transfers on bare carbon. Slim, lightweight skewers hold the wheels in place and the hoops spin up well once out on the road. Reynolds offers a dealer-based 'no-risk test-ride programme' - try before you buy, an insurance package and also a crash- replacement policy (see website for details).
On our test course there were mixed results in the ride. These wheels roll well and feel fast when travelling directly into or away from the wind, but once the corner was turned a crosswind made the ride interesting, as the front wheel tended to move erratically with the gusts. These are top-line premium wheels, but do try before you buy.
Buy them if: You're a confident rider looking for the aero advantage of a deep-section rim coupled with a clincher setup
Forget them if: You're a novice rider not used to the lively and sketchy feel of riding sideways in a crosswind
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