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Reynolds Assault Wheelset - Clincher

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Stiff and fast.

Privateer gear. This is something we discuss at length in mountain biking, but don't address enough on the road. Most of us sponsor ourselves. We need components that are practical; we need parts that are light, strong, and fast and that can do it all on a budget. This intersection on the component matrix is filled admirably by Reynolds with their Assault Carbon Clincher Wheelset.

With an all-carbon rim, they're light. With a 46mm depth, they're fast. With a strong, proven design, they're durable. In comparison to their high end Forty Six Wheelset, Reynolds cut some costs by going with Asian-sourced KT hubs rather than DT Swiss. They also use DT Revolution spokes, rather than Aerolite. But it's the same general shape as their Forty Six clincher, with a meager weight penalty thanks to the hubs and a simpler, heavier carbon-fiber lay-up in the same mold.

As with the Forty Six, the Assault wheels boast Reynolds' CTg brake track. The CTg brake track is something special. Heat build-up is an issue that dogs all carbon-fiber rims. Reynolds has made a new laminate that can withstand more heat without breaking down. Along with the laminate, Reynolds also designed their own brake pads to work with the rims. The result is a safer wheel that brakes more consistently and should leave you with no worries about the rim heating up your tire.

All Reynolds wheel owners can buy themselves some extra peace of mind by purchasing Reynolds' three-year damage protection plan. It's called RAP, short for Reynolds Assurance Plan. The insurance means you should have little fear that a crash will ruin your wheel investment. Find out more about it on the "Reynolds Cycling site.

There are 20 radial front spokes and 24 cross-2 drive and radial non-drive rear. The nipples are internal and alloy and can be adjusted with a Reynolds-specific internal spoke wrench included with the wheels. They also toss in valve extenders so you don't need to purchase these separately. The included skewers have steel shafts and alloy levers.

The Reynolds Assault Carbon Clincher Wheelset comes with either a Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM compatible freehub body, and they include a full set of Reynolds' Cryo Blue brake pads in versions to match each. Reynolds recommends only these pads as they were designed with the brake tracks; use of any other brake pads is not recommended and will void the warranty. The wheels also come with Reynolds plastic tire levers; while you don't have to use these, Reynolds specifically discourages using anything but plastic tire levers with their carbon-fiber rims.

Tech Specs

carbon fiber
Rim Width:
20.8 mm
Rim Depth:
46 mm
Front Spoke Count:
20 hole DT Swiss Revolution
Front Hub:
Rear Spoke Count:
24 hole DT Swiss Revolution
Rear Hub:
Spoke Material:
stainless steel
Spoke Nipple Material:
Axle Type:
9 x 130 mm
Brake Compatibility:
rim brake
Complete Set Weight:
1498 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Does anyone know the body weight limitation...

Does anyone know the body weight limitation for the Reynolds Assault wheelset? Reynolds website indicates no limitation, but this does not make sense. If I were to weight 500 lbs (which I don't), I would be told they would not support me. Therefore, the answer is somewhere between 0 lbs and 500 lbs. Surely these wheelsets have been tested to the failure point and if not, why not? Does anyone know the real answer? Thanks.

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It's hard to get an exact on weight limits because the nature of the riding is usually a more important factor than only taking rider weight into account. Also, wheel companies want to do as little warranty replacement as possible so they don't want to replace a wheel when you jumped off a 12-foot cliff and cracked your rims just because you are under the "rider weight limit." Even the lightest weight limit wheels will hold up under just about all road cycling conditions for everyone except possibly professional riders and their higher wattage output. Yes there are static weight limits on wheels where the rim will break/buckle under a certain static load (i.e. no movement just added weight), but that's more like 1000lbs. because the jarring it will take when riding will mimic these kinds of forces on a 175 or 250 lb rider on certain impacts/bumps. If you are concerned about potentially catastrophic failure (i.e. break in the rim throws you over the handlebars or out into traffic), I would suggest always "breaking in" a new wheelset by riding it under the easiest conditions first, getting used to the feel, flex, and the creaks (if there are any) and then gradually go more all out from there. Heavier riders will get more flex out of wheels, but they won't actually break. All wheels, even full carbon/carbon spokes, will flex quite a bit before they will fail/break so you should be able to tell the limits if you ever actually approach them before you actually break anything.

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Although they do not always publish their testing standards to avoid explicit warranty liability under unknown riding conditions, I was told by a Reynolds technician 3 years ago when I bought my Assault wheels that they were testing on some international standard with 300# rider weight. I weigh 230# and have had zero issues with them. They have provided the best ride I have had compared to both aluminum and carbon, deep and shallow, 20, 24, and 24 spoke, etc wheelsets You will see some manufacturers use standards like 175# or 190# "Clyesdales", or something. They really are only saying what they expect their wheels to withstand and provide "normal" durability, flexibility, and impact resistance under common riding conditions--think of all the variables an actual limit might have to consider.

Will backcountry get this wheelset so it...

Will backcountry get this wheelset so it is CAMPY compatible?

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I understand backcountry cannot do this for you. When I bought my Eastons I had to contact the company and they sent me a replacement freehub body that I excahnged with no cost to me. To find out is Reynolds offers the same service you can email them at: info@reynoldscycling.com

Is their a weight stipulation on this...

Is their a weight stipulation on this rim

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Do you have a weight limit on Reynolds Carbon wheels?

We do not have specific weight limit for any of the models of Reynolds Carbon wheels. However, a heavier rider will find less flex out of wheel with a deeper rim profile and/or a wheel built with a higher spoke count.

Weight recommendations-
Cirro, KOM- Up to 175 lbs.
Stratus DV UL 16/20 spoke count. Up to 190 lbs. Recommended spoke count 20/24 for over 190 lbs.

All recommendations can vary depending on riding style and desired performance.

That's off their website, I couldn't find anything really specific.
Hope that helps.

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I hear you price match...I found this same...

I hear you price match...I found this same item at http://www.trizilla.com/triathlon/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=12170.

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Back Country does not have an official price matching policy, but if you get online with one of their gear experts, they will do their best to get that price for you. Of course, it has to be the same model and color and blah blah blah, but if everything matches, they might hook you up.