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2016 Reynolds 46 AERO Disc Clincher Wheelset

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2016 Reynolds 46 AERO Disc Clincher Wheelset

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If you are wondering about what the big deal is surrounding disc brakes on road bikes, the best way to answer that question is to get yourself on a pair of the Reynolds 46 AERO Disc Clincher Wheelset. It is hard to imagine a more perfect union between aerodynamics, light weight and the undeniable versatility and control using disc brakes can give you. Any terrain, any weather, the world will be your playground.

Don’t think that Reynolds has simply taken their regular Aero 46 clincher and adapted it for a disc brake. The brilliance behind the Reynolds way of making wheels is that each one is treated to its own carbon lay-up, according to the needs and stresses that a particular wheel will face. To make this possible, Reynolds uses their CR6 technology. CR6 stands for Carbon Rim 6, which is the solution Reynolds has found to get the perfect mix of durability, strength and stiffness while still remaining immaculately light. The choice of materials, strategically positioned according to the requirements of the rim, and then molded using their special process call Inert Gas Compaction (IGC), makes it possible to design the rim according to the forces it will be experiencing with the disc brake, while not necessarily needing to over-lay the traditional brake track, since that will no longer take the friction from the brake pads of old.

Reynolds certainly has not taken their eyes off the aerodynamic issue with these wheels. They have been shaped using Paul Lew’s DET methodology. DET stands for Dispersive Effect Termination. What Lew and his team have done is create a rim with a high performance airfoil shape that is intended to smooth the airflow, providing extremely low drag. The wheel has a very efficient shape that disperses the excited air and “terminates” in in a way that it reattaches to the rim. The shape smoothes the airflow that comes over the rim using the trailing edge taper as opposed to a wide spoke face where you’ll get lots of turbulence. The difference between these two shapes can be seen in the wind tunnel to find the ideal lift over drag ratio at various yaw angles. At this point the cyclist needs to start thinking like a yachtsman. When you are starting out with a wheel and riding at an angle into the wind, the lower your drag, in this case as a result of the trailing edge taper to the rim, the lower the side force you will need to generate thrust. So at certain yaw angles, these wheels will actually be acting like a sail to help propel you. This will also result in much more predictable handling, no matter how stiff the side wind is on any given day.

The clinchers then make use of what is called the Integrated Step Hook, or ISH. It is a “step” or indentation at the outer portion of the clincher hook that helps calm down the airflow over the surface of the rim. It also has the added benefit of increasing the lateral stiffness of the wheel. With little to no deflection and the confidence you’ll get from knowing you have the ultimate in braking ability, you will now be able to careen down descents with a gusto formerly known only among the pros. To accommodate the extra forces that a disc brake will put on a wheel, Reynolds uses 24 cross DT Swiss Aerolite spokes in the front and rear.

The hubs are a Reynolds proprietary hub made by KT. They are a road-specific design, not based off a cross-country MTB hub. The wheels use a center lock standard for rotor attachment. The front and rear wheels are shipped quick release ready, since most disc road bikes currently are mainly using QR. However, all Reynolds disc brake wheels are thru-axle compatible, and can be switched to that when you order special end caps separately. The cassette body can be had either in Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed or Shimano/SRAM 11-speed versions.

Reynolds recognizes that when you shell out real money for a pair of dream wheels, you’re going to want to have some extra protection. So in addition to the limited warranty that comes with the purchase, they have also developed a program by which you can buy yourself some extra piece of mind. Called the Reynolds Assurance Program (RAP), it is wheel insurance that you can purchase on the Reynolds website within 30 days of purchasing your wheels. It provides two years of coverage above and beyond the regular warranty and the crash replacement program, offering a no-questions-asked replacement. RAP costs $250 for these wheels and you can take care of the paperwork on the Reynolds Cycling site.

Reynolds heralds the 46 Aero wheel as the perfect shape for a multitude of uses. So whether you are looking to pimp-out your cyclocross race day bike or want to fit-out a trail bike that you can still hammer over 45 minute climbs, the Reynolds 46 AERO Disc Clincher Wheelset will suit all your performance needs. They are delivered with a wheelbag and Velox rim tape.

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