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2016 Reynolds Assault SLG Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset

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2016 Reynolds Assault SLG Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset

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Cross racing or gravel riding, you want to find the wheels with the right balance of aerodynamics and durability. They should be light too, so that you can take in a few longer climbs without feeling weighted down unnecessarily. The Reynolds Assault SLG Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset hit that sweet spot of perfect shape, strength, and weight to get you over the hills and through the mud and guck good trail riding will bring you.

Just as with its conventional braking brother, the Assault SLG Disc Brake Clincher has a 41mm rim depth to give you and aero profile, but not one so deep that you’ll have to worry about catching the dirt devils that swirl up in the woods on a windy afternoon. The 25mm rim width will accommodate wider tires, giving you a much better ride feel. For the actual lay-up of the carbon rim, Reynolds turns to their PR3 or Performance Rim 3 technology. It is a precise method of assigning different carbon fiber and lay-ups to five different regions of the rim. The type of fiber, epoxy and resin will be used according to what will be required of each part of the rim to achieve the ideal tensile strength, stiffness and protraction of each wheel. Since there is no need for a brake track, Reynolds does not need to use their proprietary resins that make their braking tracks so special. But they do still use their expertise when laying-up the carbon since they have also made these wheels tubeless ready.

One design feature that is essential for this wheel’s performance is the Swirl Lip Generator (SLG). It is a 0.9mm lip that is placed on the sidewall of the rim near to the spoke face. It effectively minimizes the pressure drag that the wheels suffer. The turbulent air is aided in passing over the wheel and the reattaching at the spoke face. By creating a small layer of turbulent air flowing over the smooth air at the rim, the wheels will be much more efficient about cutting through the wind. Not only will this effect make you less visible to the wind, but it improves the bike’s stability in cross winds.

The spokes are DT Swiss Aerocomp bladed, straight pull spokes. To accommodate the different forces that disc braking will put on the wheel, the Disc version of the Assault SLG has a higher spoke count, with 24 cross laced spokes front and rear. The nipples are external for ease of maintenance. The cassette body can be had either in Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed or Shimano/SRAM 11-speed versions. 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 through axle compatible when you order special end caps separately.

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.

The faster you can brake, the faster you can go. The Reynolds Assault SLG Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset will give you the confidence to test your skill over terrain as varied as tarmac, gravel, grass, and mud.

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