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You now have no excuses for omitting those harsh sections of road from your training rides. You know, those stretches you've always wanted to check out, but have always avoided while running your precious carbon hoops. However, when equipped with proper wheels underneath you, such as PowerTap's durable 32-spoke, classic box-section rims, those battered roads open up with new light. And when you take these durable wheels and pair them with a PowerTap G3 Hub, your route possibilities become endless. With the G3 Alloy Wheelset, you'll be riding on the most dependable, affordable, and advanced power training package available. After all, you're training, and you need to ride the roads in front of you, no matter how torn up they might be.

With this new wheelset from PowerTap, you get the venerable PowerTap G3 rear hub, which is the lightest and most advanced powermeter in the world,  and Sun Ringle's EQ21L rims. PowerTap has completely redesigned the previous PowerTap model and improved multiple aspects ranging from rigidity to functionality. The new PowerTap G3 rear hub is a powermeter on a diet. An 80-gram weight reduction from the popular SL+ makes the G3 rear hub the lightest powermeter in the world. PowerTap improved on the rigidity of previous models for the G3 by shrinking the hub profile and widening the flanges, ending the days of heavy, paint bucket-sized rear hubs. With the distractions of weight and stealth design out of the way, PowerTap improved the functionality and accuracy of data gathering.

For one, PowerTap moved the orientation of the electronics that transmit user data to the end cap of the freehub body. With the new positioning, it's now possible to remove the electronics for service without swapping out the entire wheel, equating to more time in the saddle and fewer headaches. The new G3 is also equipped with an ANT+ wireless transmitter that sends power, torque, speed, and virtual cadence data to either your PowerTap Joule GPS or any other ANT+ compatible head unit. The G3 is capable of storing up to 15 hours of data in one-second gathering intervals, and up to 30 hours of data in two-second gathering intervals. The G3 design still has a 'torque tube' with eight strain gauges, yielding measurements accurate within +/- 1.5% between 40 and 130 rpm.

Each PowerTap Alloy G3 Wheelset is hand-built in the USA with Sun Ringle EQ21L rims and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes in a durable 32 spoke three-cross lacing pattern. Additionally, the front wheel has been laced to the 99 gram PowerTap front hub. This front hub design features a beefed up 10mm axle, an aluminum hub shell, and 6901 aluminum sealed bearing cartridges.

The PowerTap G3 Alloy Powermeter Wheelset is available in a clincher form with either Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo compatible freehub bodies. Please note that the Shimano freehub body is compatible with 11-speed Shimano cassettes.

  • Dependable, training-focused hub and rim combination
  • ANT+ capability
  • Box-section alloy rims laced to PowerTap hubs with 32 spokes per wheel

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
Wheel Size:
700 c
Tire Type:
Rim Depth:
16 mm
Rim Width:
21 mm
Brake Compatibility:
Wheelsmith DB14
Spoke Nipple:
Spoke Count:
32 / 32
Claimed Weight:
1838 g
Recommended Use:
training, road cycling

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Works great for me.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am 5'6" 155 lbs and have had these wheels for 2 years and ridden about 8,000 miles on them. Have not had any issues with these wheels and they are still straight and true without any retruing. I am an endurance rider and love having power as an additional data input to my riding and has helped me to increase my power by keeping a higher cadence.

Different experience

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'3" and 205 lbs. (down from 230). These were replacements for the factory wheels on a new bike that got pranged on a pothole at 500 miles. The power tap wheels have about 2,500 miles on country roads with no issues. I have not put the wheels into a ditch, but they take potholes every time I ride. These are heavy, and I look with great envy at my friends with Enve wheels, but for me, these are more than functional at a reasonable price.

Avg. ride time: 14h 16m per week
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Rims have too much flex, squishy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought a set last August. I have put a little over 5000 miles on them. The G3 itself is fantastic, hence the 3 star rating. However, the rims are not stiff enough and have too much flex. For the first couple of weeks, I kept thinking I was flatting all the time. I have already had the rear wheel trued once and looks like I may need to have it retrued again soon.

I also have a set of Enve 1.65s with a G3 that I also purchased from CC for $1600 on sale. Not a fair comparison, but I would much rather have paid an extra $600 and gotten 2 sets of the Enves. Bottom line, G3 is great but spend a little more for better wheels.

UPDATE: no more retruing. The rim developed cracks around the spoke nipples after about 7500-8000 miles. Rebuilt with DT Swiss RR440. Much, much better now

Avg. ride time: 3h 46m per week
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Total garbage, steer clear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well, after putting 200 miles on these wheels, I'm gonna change my initial review, to one star. These wheels are complete, and utter garbage. Every time I ride on them, I break a spoke. I've broken two spokes in about 200 miles. Cost me over $75 in repair bills, to replace the broken spokes, and have the wheel trued, again.

The hub itself, works fantastic. No problems whatsoever with that. It's the wheel built around it that sucks.

Going to have to agree - although I've gotten about 1400 miles on mine - I've gone through 3 spokes; two in the same spot. Working with Saris/Powertap now for a solution. Overall, though - the hub has been outstanding. Consistent, easy connection via ANT+ - and replaced the batteries only once so far.