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12 of the best road wheel upgrades

We’ve delved into Chain Reaction Cycle’s huge road wheel selection to hand-pick some of the best road wheel upgrades, whether you’re a sportive rider, racer, or just looking for top value.

[Original article updated to reflect current availability of wheels]

Why upgrade your wheels? 

A new wheelset is one of the best performance upgrades you can give a road bike, and will make an incredible difference to your riding experience.

Lightweight, strong, and stiff wheels reduce rotational weight to provide more speed for less effort and improving climbing, acceleration, and handling abilities.

Meanwhile, investing in a wheelset with quality hubs and replacement parts will offer increased durability, longer life, and better resistance to the elements.


Our best sportive wheelsets


Campagnolo Zonda C17 Road Clincher Wheelset

The Campagnolo Zonda C17 Road Clincher Wheelset is competitively priced and features a completely redesigned aluminium rim, taking its design inspiration from the growing trend for increasingly wide tyres. Its wider profile and differentiated rim height makes the set perfect for 25s or even 28s, providing comfort and performance.

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Road Clincher

 

Campagnolo Scirocco C17 Road Wheelset 2018


The Campagnolo Scirocco is another wallet friendly choice, featuring dashing good looks and aerodynamics, fully prepared to handle 25mm or 28mm tyres. Its 16 spoke front wheel and 24 spoke rear profile adds to its pro-styling and its drag-reducing design.

Campagnolo Scirocco C17 Road Wheelset

 

Prime Pro Road Wheelset 2017 

The Pro Road is Prime’s top-end alloy clincher wheelset and features a superlight build to cover everything from racing to daylong rides. Tubeless ready, the Pro rim is finished off with Sapim Secure Lock aluminium nipples and Sapim CX-Ray spokes.

Prime Pro Road Wheelset 2017

 

Prime Peloton Road Wheelset

Prime Peloton Road WheelsetAt under £100, the Prime Peloton Road Wheelset represents excellent value for money and gives you access to high-level road performance. The Peloton model also features the innuendo-packed DT Swiss J Bend double-butted spokes, with DT Swiss Pro Lock nipples.

Prime Peloton Road Wheelset


Our best road race wheelsets


Prime RP-50 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

Prime RP-50 Carbon Clincher WheelsetThe clincher version of the RP-50s are just as speed hungry and flashy as their tubular brothers. They also feature Prime’s CC-50 rims and R010 hubset laced together with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and finished off with Sapim Secure Lock aluminium nipples.

Prime RP-50 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

 

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 Clincher Wheelset

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 Clincher WheelsetShimano’s top-of-the-range clinchers are competitively priced for the upper end of the market. Elbow-less spokes, double-contact sealing, digital click bearing adjustment, 8, 9, 10 and 11-speed compatible, and just 1,485 grams, these wheels will be at home on the steed of any top rider.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 Clincher Wheelset

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018When good isn’t good enough, the Campagnolo Bora Ultras deliver sheer excellence. With maximum aerodynamics, extreme lightness, lightning quick reactivity and incredible smoothness, these clinchers are  among the elite clinchers currently available on the planet.

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018

Fulcrum SPEED 40C C17 Carbon Road Wheelset 2018

Fulcrum SPEED 40C C17 Carbon Road Wheelset 2018Everything about Fulcrum’s SPEED 40C C17 Carbon Road Wheelset is high end, including the price. With carbon fibre finishing and weighing an incredible 1420g, these beautiful and extreme performance wheels list in the ‘to die for’ category for every cyclist that wants to win.

Fulcrum SPEED 40C C17 Carbon Road Wheelset 2018


Our best mixed price-range disc wheels


Prime Pro Disc Road Wheelset

Prime Pro Disc Road WheelsetA top end alloy clincher wheelset featuring a superlight build to cover everything from racing to daylong rides. The rim is tubeless ready with a striking asymmetric design that contributes to producing a stronger wheel due to spokes of equal length and tension.

Prime Pro Disc Road Wheelset

 

Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road Wheelset

Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road WheelsetThe 38mm deep aero rim profile of the Prime RP-38 Carbon Clinchers offers increased speed for less physical input by increasing the aerodynamic benefits across a wide range of yaw angles. Tubeless ready, these disc brake compatible wheels are great value for money.

Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Disc Road Wheelset

Fulcrum Racing 4 Road Disc Wheelset 2018

Fulcrum Racing 4 Road Disc Wheelset 2018A much more budget friendly version of their pro level carbon clincher wheel sets, these Fulcrum Racing 4 models still look incredible. This wheelset is still designed with precision control and aerodynamics in mind, and features a 35mm deep rim that handles high speeds with exceptional stability. An entry-level mid-depth profile wheelset, these are ideal for hill climbs and sprints.

Fulcrum Racing 4 Road Disc Wheelset 2018

Pro-Lite Revo A21W Alloy Road Disc Brake Wheelset 2018

Pro-Lite Revo A21W Alloy Road Disc Brake Wheelset 2018They may be eye-catching, but the Pro-Lite Revo A21Ws have substance to back up their their style. Their features include a centre lock hub mount for disc rotors and stylish low profile sleeved rims. Exceptional all-rounders, this is the perfect wheelset for versatile riders who like to push the limits of their bike.

Pro-Lite Revo A21W Alloy Road Disc Brake Wheelset 2018

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Disc Road Wheelset 2017

The Zonda name is synonymous with quality, and these wheels are full of it. The asymmetric rim profile (26mm – 28mm) is just one of the weight-saving and performance focused features that includes cup and cone bearings, rim dynamic balance, G3 technology spokes, micro setting hub adjustment, and much more.

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Disc Road Wheelset 2017


Our best tubular wheels


Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Tubular Wheelset (2018)

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Tubular Wheelset (2018)

Campagnolo’s elite tubular wheelset is built to win. The Bora Ultra 50 features CULT ceramic bearings which provide unrivalled levels of smoothness and the lowest friction coefficient thanks to oil lubrication. This makes the bearings nine times more efficient than standard bearings with the ability to spin for up to 47 minutes when being run at 500rpms. This wheelset is also compatible with wider tyre profiles and weighs just 1215g.

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Tubular Wheelset (2018)

 

Kinesis Crosslight Tubular Disc CX Wheelset 2017

Kinesis Crosslight Tubular Disc CX Wheelset 2017Light, strong and reliable, the Kinesis Crosslight Tubular Disc CX wheelset is among the most advanced aluminium Cyclocross wheels on the market. Capable of running an 11-speed Shimano cassette they can also be fitted after market with a SRAM XD driver.

Kinesis Crosslight Tubular Disc CX Wheelset 2017

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