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3T Orbis II T35 LTD Tubular Wheelset

  • 3T Orbis II T35 LTD Tubular Wheelset
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3T Orbis II T35 LTD Tubular Wheelset

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Looking for a race tubular that is aero, can hold it’s own climbing, or in cyclocross?  3T’s Orbis II T35 LTD is the wheelset to choose.

The rim is a 35mm deep and 24.5mm wide, the same as the carbon clincher of this depth. Wide rims, when paired with wider tires, are more aero than wide tires on narrow rims, and the benefits of wide go beyond 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 (the leading and trailing edges are roughly equally aero).

For people seeking out a good ‘cross wheel, wide rims make sense from several vantage points. The wide rim means more surface area for glue, holding the tire on the rim better. With more of the tire supported, it’s easier to run lower pressure as the greater air volume with reduce likelihood of pinching. The greater support also reduces the chance of the tire “folding” when cornering hard, which means you get a more consistent line and know more of what to expect.

While 3T employs their standard lightweight road hubs, they also upgrade the hubs with CeramicSpeed bearings. If you look around this site, you can read about the benefits of the bearings in greater detail. All the same, the short version is that ceramic ball bearings are lighter and stronger than steel balls. And their greater surface hardness and greater uniform roundness means they roll with less friction than steel balls. Furthering this, is the reduced need for a thick grease to coat the bearings. The result is a serious drag reduction compared to standard bearings, something you benefit from regardless of how fast you’re going.

Laced into the hubs are Sapim’s CX-Ray spokes. These butted, stainless steel, straight-pull spokes, are the aerodynamic standard in spokes. And it’s not just that they’re aero, they’re also really light and really strong. The spokes are laced to internal alloy nipples that turn on spherical washers. The internal nipples improve aerodynamics, and the smaller drill hole combined with the washers strengthens the interface between the nipple and the rim.

3T quick releases are also included. 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 T35 LTD Tubular Wheelset climbs and crosses like nothing else.

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