Kit Upgrade: Wheels

When it comes to kit upgrades you can’t make a smarter move than a new set of wheels

Posted: 28 April 2011

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DT Swiss RRC 625F and DT Swiss RRC 725R

Type: Full carbon tubular
SRP: £1,799.98 pair (sold separately £799.99 front, £999.99 rear)
Weight: 1,360g (claimed)
Tyres used: Continental Competition 22mm tubs

Features: These wheels are among the lightest and stiffest on the market. Each wheel (they're sold as singles so you can mix and match for your exact needs) is supplied with titanium RWS skewer, rim tape, Swiss Stop carbon brake pads, specialist nipple and spoke keys and certificated wheel build-quality document.

The Ride: These wheels are tubular versions so they're very light compared with some of the clincher setups. They have a certain pro feel about them and are certainly an extravagance. The extra pressure in the tyre meant that from the moment the pedals started turning the bike surged forward. The wheels seemed very stiff and when accelerating there was little noticeable flex.

Cornering was a joy - something about the way it rolled in the corner meant that banking over in the bends was a pleasure. The deep 66mm rims did tend to shimmy a little with crosswinds but the overall feeling was one of stability and surefootedness. They won't suit everyone but they do represent the top line in world-beating, race-ready wheels.

Buy them if: You want the edge
Forget them if: If you're not heading for the top


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