Reynolds Stratus Pro Disc-Brake Road Wheelset - Clincher $950.00
Bring on the discs, and shed your tubes.
Sitting on the highest rung of Reynolds' alloy wheel ladder, the Stratus Pro was updated for 2014 with a disc brake-specific model. Similar to the rim brake option, the Stratus Pro Disc-Brake Road Wheelset features a lightweight, narrow profile laced to Reynolds' race hubs. They are durable enough for daily training and lightweight and responsive enough for racing.
Starting with the hoops themselves, Reynolds built the Stratus Pros with 28mm-deep aluminum rims. This effectively makes them shallow enough to minimize rotational weight, while efficiently cutting through the air. And unlike a full carbon wheel, which may feel a bit stiff for everyday training, aluminum provides a damping interface between the rough road and your body. Nonetheless, the Stratus Pros spin up to speed fast and hold speed on flats and descents. This, of course, is aided by lacing the rims to Reynolds' newest racing hub. Speaking of descents, the 21mm rim width of the Stratus Pros creates a sturdy platform for cornering through winding and windy canyons. There are 24 radially-laced front spokes and 24 rear spokes laced in a two-cross drive/radial non-drive pattern, with the spoke nipples on the exterior of the rims, finally easing your service and maintenance.
One of the more noticeable characteristics of the Stratus Pros is that they are tubeless-ready. For those of you who have heard the term, but do not quite understand the technology, let’s run through it. Basically, it is a smaller version of a car tire. Tubeless-ready rims have a shaped edge that works in conjunction with a tubeless tire to create an airtight seal. That, and sealed spoke holes, means that the tire may be filled directly with air and an inner tube is not needed. A sealant that is placed inside the tire seals small punctures so that you don’t need to replace tubes. Additionally, if you chose to use non-tubeless tires, the Stratus rims also work perfectly well with your traditional-tubed setup.
The Reynolds Stratus Pro Disc-Brake Road Wheelset is available in the color Black and in a 700c clincher. Reynolds is providing this wheelset with either a Shimano- or Campagnolo-compatible freehub body. And yes, the Shimano version is compatible with 9-, 10-, and 11-speed groupsets.