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Reynolds Solitude Road Wheelset - Clincher - 2013 $0.00
We know that we're not blowing any minds when we say that both race-day and training-day play by different sets of rules. For example, your race wheels are typically rigid, uncomfortable, and most importantly, light as a feather. However, your training set focuses on placing a balance between durability and a relatively low weight. For this reason, the Reynolds Solitude Clincher Wheelset has been a top training choice for professional teams around the world, including our own Competitive Cyclist Racing Team.
The Solitude's 27mm rim depth makes these aluminum wheels just shallow enough to minimize rotational weight (around 1575 grams per pair), but just deep enough to cut through the air with relative efficiency. In terms of both compliance and rigidity, the aluminum composition creates an efficient interface between pedaling forces and the road. You'll find that the wheels spin up rather quickly and hold their speed well on both the flats and descents. And, speaking of descents, the 20mm external rim width of the Solitude creates a sturdy platform for cornering through technical parcours.
As for the build, there are 20 radially-laced front spokes and 24 rear spokes laced in a two-cross drive/radial non-drive pattern. And new for 2013, the nipples have been moved to the exterior of the rim, finally easing your home service and maintenance. As for the hubs, you'll find that Reynolds selected a lightweight, yet sturdy, aluminum hub set, with easily serviceable sealed cartridge bearings.
The Reynolds Solitude Clincher Wheelset is available in the color Black with White labels and as a 700c clincher. This wheelset is also available with either a Shimano- or Campagnolo-compatible freehub body, and yes, the Shimano freehub is compatible with 9-, 10-, and 11-speed cassettes. It's also worth noting that each wheelset includes a pair of Reynolds' Cr-Mo Black skewers and rim strips.
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Luckily, they were inexpensive
- Familiarity:I've used it several times
I bought these wheels in the winter of 2013/2014 to go on my 2013 Ridley Helium SL build. Because I run Campy, the wheels were discounted. Otherwise, I would be really pissed. It was a horrible winter here in the Mid-Atlantic so these wheels didn't see the light of day 'till March. Up until then, trainer duty. After maybe ten rides outside (maybe 400 miles?) the rear wheel spokes began to loosen. You could hear them climbing in a low gear. Rear wheel went out of true with one very loose spoke within a month of outside use. Front wheel has a little bearing play too.
Being a large male (6'4" @ 195lbs) I inquired of the sales staff if there was a weight limit on these wheels. I was told there was none. I usually buy Mavic Aksiums - the bottom of the line - and get two-to-three years of of the rear wheel before a spoke pulls through the rim. At my size two hundred grams here or there isn't really a factor but I thought I would try these wheels because they were a little lighter and only $100 more than the Aksiums. Should have stayed with the Mavics.
Good training wheel
Can I use this wheelset at shimano...
Can I use this wheelset at shimano TIAGRA?
These wheels are currently only available in the Campy compatible version. These will only work with Campy cassettes
is there a recommended weight limit on...
is there a recommended weight limit on these?
Greetings, I would make a logical guess and say they are good up to 225#. Most manufactured wheels in this price point are overbuilt, and with a 20 front and 24 rear spoke build, you should be good to go. Any rider >225# should seek a wheel that has at least a 28 front and 28+ rear spoke count. Hope this helps :)