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Oval Concepts 327 Road Wheelset - Clincher

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With a market that's saturated with glossy carbon wheels, the unassuming alloy clincher still holds a special, yet reserved, place in many cyclists' hearts. This is for good reason, as the reliability of a well-built set of alloy wheels is incomparable. We still see professional cyclists mounting them up for their day-long training rides, as the combination of durability, long-distance comfort, and serviceability is impossible to beat. So, when Oval Concepts set out to build its new 327 Wheelset, its team of engineers worked to develop just that: a highly-versatile, strong, and affordable set of alloy clinchers.

For the rims of the 327s, Oval started with an alloy rim and a sleeved joint. This design incorporates a sleeve that's the same shape as the rim cavity, which makes contact with the entire sidewall of the rim in order to create an exceptionally strong joint. This type of sleeved-joint also keeps wall thickness to a minimum, ensuring that the overall weight of the rim is as light as possible. Surprisingly, though, this was done without sacrificing any durability. The rim itself features a 22mm-wide profile that minimizes rolling-resistance, improves cornering, and provides a more compliant ride in comparison to narrower rim options.

Also contributing to 327s' overall comfort is the spoke design. Oval applied a generous amount of spokes to the wheelset, 20 front and 24 rear, in order to provide stability and dampening across rough road surfaces. And, unlike many sets of wheels at this price level, the 327s use spokes that are stainless steel and bladed. Additionally, the lacing incorporates a 2.5mm profile and brass nipples, further contributing to strength and to a low aerodynamic profile.

Oval finished off the wheelset with its 300-level hubs. These smooth rolling hubs were built with ground and burnished bearing surfaces, meaning that they'll be spinning with minimal maintenance for years to come. The freehub is Shimano/SRAM 9-/10-speed compatible, and the wheels include lightweight nylon snap-on rim strips.

The Oval Concept 327 Clincher Wheelset is available in the color Black and as a 700c clincher.

Tech Specs

[rim] alloy
Rim Width:
22 mm
Front Hub:
Oval Concepts 300
Front Hub Type:
Rear Hub:
Oval Concepts 300
Rear Hub Type:
Shimano/SRAM 9/10
stainless steel
Spoke Nipple Material:
Front Spoke Count:
Rear Spoke Count:
Brake Compatibility:
Rotor Compatibility:
Complete Set Weight:
1943 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling and training
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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oval 327 Is the hub compatible with my...

oval 327

Is the hub compatible with my Sram 11 speed cassette?

Sorry, but the Oval 327 wheels are not compatible with a 11speed cassette.

Smooth wheels

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great traing wheels but I was thinking about upgrading to ceramic bearing. Do you know the size of the bearing ?

Will these wheels fit a Trek 7.1 FX hybrid...

Will these wheels fit a Trek 7.1 FX hybrid bike? My wheels got stolen and I need a low cost replacement that is lighter weight than the bontrager stock wheel. I just don't know how wide these wheels are compared to the stock wheels on the 7.1 fx....

Best Answer

These are going to be significantly skinnier than the wheels that came stock with your 7.1 FX. You will, likely, not be able to run 32mm tires with these rims; the fattest you would probably want to use are 28mm, and even that may be pushing it.

The other issue you're going to have is with the rear freehub. Trek's website indicates that your 7.1 uses a 7-speed freewheel, rather than the 8-10 speed freehub that these wheels use. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to locate a wheelset that is likely to work for you on Backcountry. You may want to check with your local bike shop for more help. Good luck!

This wheelset comes as stock on the Fuji Altamira CX 2.1 and it arrives from the factory with 700x32 tires on it. I personally have Panaracer 700 x 40 tires on my set of 327s with no problems.

does these fit if my bike has 700c x 25mm...

does these fit if my bike has 700c x 25mm wheelset? I have a fuji sportif 1.3

These wheels should work fine for your bike. You may need to adjust your rear derailleur, since cogsets will often mount with a slightly different alignment between different wheels. This is something your local mechanic can help with, if it's not something you're comfortable doing yourself. Good riding!

Should work with your bike, assuming you have a 9 or 10 speed cassette on the back.

good value good value

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just received this wheelset. This is an extremely good value for a set of training wheels. Are they comparable to a set of high end racing wheels? No. But for the price you can afford to ride them for a few years and retire them.

Avg. ride time: 9h 26m per week
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Perfect Training Wheelset

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are some bad reviews on this wheel claiming that they are not a $450 wheel. That may be true, but as for a $139 wheel, they are spot on. Perfect wheel for training as I have used them flawlessly for road and cx riding. Not the lightest thing on the market, but for the price I could not find anything close to this wheel!

Hello sir - what is the rear spacing on these wheels?

can you build a rear wheel for 7 speed...

can you build a rear wheel for 7 speed shimano cassette

If you are running a late 1980s 7 speed, you will need to find a 126mm hub/wheel. These are 130mm. Depending on your frame, 130s may damage your frame. 126mm stuff is out there, but not much being made new new.

Unhappy Customer

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Should have done more research before buying but the sales pitch was so well written, these wheels are not $450 wheels, Oval on their website lists them as OEM only, further the next level up of wheel in their 500 series sell for less than $300. Will be sending them back.

What is weight limit for rider

What is weight limit for rider

I am not aware of any weight limit recommendations on the 327 wheelset, but a rider at 210 or lighter will be fine. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.