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2017 Reynolds Attack Clincher Wheelset

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2017 Reynolds Attack Clincher Wheelset

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If you are looking for a sweet pair of climbing wheels that won’t leave a gaping hole in your pocket book, then check out the Reynolds Attack Clincher Wheelset. As the lightest and shallowest wheel in the Reynolds Performance line, the Attack will get you up and over your local climbs like a real mountain goat.

With a 29mm rim depth and 25mm rim width, the Attack Clincher has a shape that will give you a certain aero advantage in spite of its relatively shallow profile while making it possible for you to run 25mm tires if you are planning on taking your rig over lots of backcountry fire roads. The wider tire profile will give you a better ride whether you are on the road or gravel. Though the outside appearance and the weight remain the same as 2014, the 25mm rims have been made tubeless compatible. Reynolds has reworked the inside hook and channel to be able to accommodate the pressures put on by a tubeless set-up. The wheels come with tubeless tape installed, though they are naturally still usable in a traditional tube and tire set-up as well.

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.

Reynolds Attack Clincher wheelset make use of the Cryogenic Glass Transition, or CTg, technology. Essentially this is Reynold’s fully integrated system that pairs the specially designed carbon fiber rim to the proprietary polymer brake pad. These two components work together to result in a cooler braking system compared to carbon rim competition. Reynolds claims up to 53% cooler braking than standard carbon rim-pad set ups. Though that might be hard to quantify when you’re on the bike, what you will be able to feel is just how responsive the braking is, especially if you are careening down and unknown 20K descent, and apt to rely on your brakes a little more than you would on your local stomping grounds. This is possible due to the hybrid carbon fiber laminate used for the brake track, as well as the Cyro-Blue Power polymer brake pads. The acronym CTg might not say much to you, but it concerns how the carbon is layered and angled along the brake track, and the temperature at which the resin that holds the carbon is turned to liquid.  Heat build-up stops being the issues, and your braking will not be compromised.

The Cyro-Blue Power polymer brake pads form the other essential component of this CTg system. They are so integral that they are delivered with every Reynolds wheel, and using any other pad immediately voids any Reynolds warranty. The Cyro-Blue Power are a step ahead of the regular Cyro-Blue pads because they have been designed to improve stopping power. Co-engineered with Brakco Technology, which is an industry OEM brake pad leader, the Cyro-Blue Power pads are sleeker and more aerodynamic with a tapered design that offers 44% greater braking surface compared to the regular Cyro-Blue, which was already a great pad. You’ll notice looking at the pad that there are six angled slots which serve a couple of purposes. The slots are designed to allow air to channel through, aiding in the cooling process while they also work to disperse and channel any water away from the rim, which will keep the braking responsive and accurate even in rainy conditions.

Not only has Reynolds invested a lot of time and development in creating the absolute best carbon brake track, they have also taken the precaution to give us some warning when the brake track is wearing. By incorporating their BWI or Brake Wear Indicator technology, into the rim, Reynolds has embedded a 10 mm wide red line into the brake track to indicate when excessive wear has occurred. The indicator is centered over the valve hole on both sides of the rim, giving you an unmistakable signal that it is time to replace the wheel. You shouldn’t expect to be seeing that, though, for a very long time.

Below the brake track are external spoke nipples, which make wheel truing much easier than the internals you'll find on the AERO line. Reynolds laces the wheels radially in front and two-cross in the rear. There are twenty DT Aero Comp spokes in front laced to a flangeless Reynolds hub and 24 Aero Comp spokes laced to a straight-pull rear hub in back. 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; it might just save your mind if you happen to total a pair of RZRs by over-cooking a corner on a descent. 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 this wheelset and you can take care of the paperwork on the Reynolds website.

Tipping the scales at just 1365 grams, the Reynolds Attack Clincher Wheelset will climb like a dream, while remaining stiff, responsive, and durable.

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