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3T Orbis II C50 Team Clincher Wheelset

  • 3T Orbis II C50 Team Clincher Wheelset
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3T Orbis II C50 Team Clincher Wheelset

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When most of your time is spent riding in the big ring, a deeper rim depth is of greater benefit. The rim does a better job slicing through the air and the extra weight, if any, is not a factor because you speed is so high. This is where 3T’s Orbis II C50 Team Wheelset fits. It’s s smart, everyday solution to your speed needs.

The “C” in the name is for clincher. Wired-on tires are, in many cases faster than tubulars. But the other benefits are probably even greater. The ease and speed of changing flats is huge, as is the ability to swap tires depending on the course.

The clincher rim shares a similar design with the Orbis II T50 rim in terms of its width and depth. The only difference is the channel for tubes. The rim width is 24.5mm while the depth is drawn out to 50mm. The extra 15mm of depth over the C35 can really be felt as your speed approaches 40kph. 3T makes a big deal out of their “double angle drilling,” which refers to how they set the position of the spoke holes in the rim. They consider both the dish and tangent angles. As rims get deeper, the spokes travel a steeper line from the hub flange to the rim, and this drilling does a better job of lining up the spoke holes with the spokes, particularly in the two-cross rear. This straighter line stresses the spokes less and makes for a stronger wheel.

Wheel strength is furthered by the rim width. Wide rims on road bikes are increasing in popularity for good reasons. The wide rims, when paired with wider tires, are more aero. Here, you won’t want to install a tire narrower than 23mm, though 24-26mm will still result in a nice double-U shape with the rims. Super-wide tires, like 28mm will work, and is more aero than a 28mm tire on a 19mm rim, but the aero advantage is reduced. The second advantage is more air volume, which gives three benefits, lower rolling resistance, more comfort at a given air pressure, and the bigger air cushion protects the rim better from damage. Of course, you can safely improve both by dropping air pressure a bit as well.

As this is the middle wheel in the Orbis line, it shares with both the Pro and the LTD. It has a similar hub design with the Pro, though the front wheel has two more spokes. It also uses butted Pillar spokes, something you’ll find on the Pro, but these butted spokes are also bladed for improved aerodynamics. The alloy nipples are internal and have spherical washers between the nipple and rim, which both strengthens the wheel and improves aerodynamics. Weight is 1610g, which is on the light side for wheels of this depth.

The hubs are 3T’s own design, with a radial front pattern and a two-cross rear. Here, too, the designs allow for strength and minimal weight. 3T quick releases are also included. So, too, are rim strips. The rims are not compatible with tubeless tires.

The wheelset comes standard with a Shimano/SRAM 10/11-speed compatible cassette body. Also with the wheel come 3T carbon-specific brake pads, which are designed to fit in Shimano/SRAM-compatible brake shoes. If you prefer Campagnolo-compatible cassettes and/or Campagnolo brakes, a Campy-compatible body and Campy-compatible pads are sold separately.

The 3T Orbis II C50 Team Clincher Wheelset gives you a hoop set that’s great for flat to rolling courses and strong enough for training miles.

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