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Best road bike 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 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.

Prime Race Disc Road Wheelset

The Prime Race Disc Road Wheelset features a super light build and will be the perfect wheelset for everything from daylong rides to cyclocross racing. The rim is tubeless ready and features an asymmetric design, which builds into a stronger wheel due to spokes of equal length and tension.

Prime RR-38 V2 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

An ideal all-round wheelset for multiple terrains, the RR-38 V2 Carbon Clincher Wheelset lets you swoop in to corners and speed out with ease and confidence with its 25mm wide rim profile.

Our best road race wheelsets

Prime RR-50 V2 carbon clincher wheelset

A versatile wheelset built for time trials, cyclo-cross riding and everything in between, the RR-50 V2 is super-light and built for speed.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 Clincher Wheelset

Shimano’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.

Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018

When 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.

Fulcrum SPEED 40C C17 Carbon Road Wheelset 2018

Everything 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.

Our best mixed price-range disc wheels

Fulcrum Racing 4 Road Disc Wheelset 2018

A 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.

Pro-Lite Revo A21W Alloy Road Disc Brake Wheelset 2018

They 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.

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.

Our best tubular wheels

Prime BlackEdition 50 Carbon Tubular Wheelset

Tested and raced by the Vitus Pro Cycling team, the 50mm deep rim profile ups the aerodynamics of the wheelset, while a stiffer and steadier wheel is provided thanks to the R010 CNC machined 7075 hubset and DT Swiss straight pull spokes.

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.

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