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2016 Reynolds 58 AERO Clincher Wheelset

  • 2016 Reynolds 58 AERO Clincher Wheelset
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2016 Reynolds 58 AERO Clincher Wheelset

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Reynolds offers a number of different wheel depths in their AERO Clincher Wheelsets. Each depth has a slightly different purpose. As the wheels get deeper, they get more aero and heavier, and the effects on your ride change. The faster you go, the flatter the roads, the more the deeper wheels will make an impact on your ride. The 58 AERO Clincher here is a great rolling road racing and time trial depth, able to speed along roads in a gear higher than you'd normally use.
 
As you've learned about wheels, shape is what helps define how a wheel moves through the wind. No wind and a straight-on headwind are basically the same thing to wheels. And the way the leading and trailing edges move through them is what makes the wheel fast. Reynolds, goes wide at the outer edge of the rim, 26.5mm, and then tapers to a narrow airfoil by the spokes 58mm later. The result is a decrease in turbulence, and that reduction in turbulence cuts the power needed to go fast. And just to take the tire out of the drag equation, the outer perimeter o the rim has Reynolds' Integrated Step Hook, a narrowing contour at the top to create predictable airflow over the tire, leading to smoother air over the rim. It also increases lateral strength of the rim.
 
Strength is something Reynolds takes seriously. They developed CR6 technology, aka Carbon Rim 6, to highlight the fact that they utilize different carbon-fiber plies and lay-up schedules to six different regions of the rim to optimize strength and minimize weight. Those regions are: the rim hook bead, the brake track, the tire channel, the side wall, nipple bed, and spoke face. These wheels are tough.
 
They also stop well. As mentioned above, the brake track is different than other sectors of the rim. They've figured out a way to reduce heat build-up at the track by 100-degrees Fahrenheit compared to other brake tracks. Cooler rims stop faster, stop more predictably, and work better on long, draggy descents. It's also essential to use the included Cryo-Blue Power brake pads. And because safety is paramount, Reynolds embedded a break wear indicator under the finish by the valve. If a red line appears here, the rim is getting thin, and in need of replacement.
 
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 hub 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 Reynolds pads or you void 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 58 Aero Clincher 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 AERO Clincher Wheelset gives you plenty of speed with stability that belies the depth.

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