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2016 Reynolds 58/72 AERO Clincher Wheelset

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2016 Reynolds 58/72 AERO Clincher Wheelset

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Many people want deep rims, but are afraid of a too-deep front wheel. For these people Reynolds sells mixed-depth sets. These are the 58/72 AERO Mixed Set. Translation 58mm deep front rim paired with a 72mm deep rear. 
The front wheel is lighter and handles better in crosswinds. The rear is a bit  heavier and more aerodynamic. Owing to the fact it's solidly attached to the rear triangle, the chance that the rear will push you around in a crosswind is unlikely. Sometimes, folks pick this set up for road racing, but more often, it's for the bike leg of multi-sport events. In their respective sets, the 58 is more for rolling terrain while the 72 is more for flatter. Having both tilts the ideal course a bit flatter, but really it's about speed. The faster you go, the more the 72 will matter.
These wheels are both part of Reynolds' AERO line, it is very much take the front of the 58 and the rear of the 72. As such, the shapes reflect those wheels. And the technology in both is shared. They are strong and durable thanks to their CR6, aka Carbon Rim 6, molding, with six different lay-ups around the rim to maximize strength and minimize weight. The rim shape is great both in headwinds and cross winds thanks to two unique Reynolds technologies. The first is DET, or Dispersive Effect Termination, a shaping that smoothes, or calms, turbulent air and reattaches it to minimize drag, particularly in crosswinds. And ISH, Integrated Step Hook, a narrow lip that both stiffens the wheel and creates a boundary layer of air between the tire and rim to keep air flow smooth. 
In terms of safety, the wheels both have Reynolds CTg and BWI built in. CTg is Cryogenic Glass Transition, which is their way of developing both the brake track and the pads so that the braking surface runs cooler, in some cases up to 53% cooler than competitors, and that means better, more consistent braking in all conditions. BWI is Brake Wear Indicator, a red line they embedded under a few layers o brake track that gets exposed once the rim is worn but before it gets dangerously thin.
The sixteen radially-laced DT Aerolite front spokes are strong enough to keep the rim straight and true, but few enough and aero enough to barely register against the wind. The twenty cross-two laced DT Aerolite rear spokes brace the wheel against torsional loads and prevent wind-up. The hubs are Reynolds-designed with DT/Swiss 240 internals for durability. The rear hub comes set up for either Campagnolo 9/10/11 speed or 11-speed Shimano/SRAM. 
The wheels ship with Reynolds Cryo-Blue Brake Pads (use these to both keep braking great and satisfy the warranty), their Competitive quick release skewers (steel, 65g for the set), rim strips, valve extenders, and wheel bags. They've even embedded an Aero Valve Plug to prevent the valve stems from rattling.
The Reynolds Mixed AERO Wheelset is part of the Reynolds Assurance Program (RAP). It's essentially wheel insurance, where you purchase the plan and your wheels are covered for two years, no questions asked. You take care of the paperwork on the Reynolds Cycling site, and have 30 days from purchase here to obtain the RAP.
The Reynolds 58/72 AERO Mixed Clincher Wheelset is when you want a front wheel that's a little easier in wind and a rear wheel that's a little faster.

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