Find your balance.
Although its price point pales in comparison to many others on the market, we'd be hard pressed to think of many wheelsets we'd rather trust to handle our spontaneous mix of ride and race choices than Reynolds' Assault/Strike SLG Carbon Tubeless Wheelset. Harnessing the lightweight snappiness of the shallower Assault up front and pushing an extra dose of speed with the stiff efficiency of the deeper Strike out back, this wheelset is poised to be your go-to option for nearly any all-road endeavor. As with the matching depth AllRoad sets, this wheelset gets updated for 2017 with stealthy waterslide graphics for and end-game aesthetic that looks just as fast as you'll feel out on the road.
Whether you're jumping out of the final corner for a mid-race prime sprint, rocking out the miles on an epic weekend training ride, or dipping your toes in the murky waters of time trial efforts, the Assault/Strike pairing is up to the challenge. An all-new hubset builds on its predecessor with smooth, fast turns and even quicker engagement for a ride that rivals the responsiveness more often found in wheelsets with much higher price tags.
Traditionalists will appreciate the ability to run both wheels as tube-type clinchers, and for riders looking to ditch tubes, the rims' redesigned shelves and hooks hold a tubeless tire securely at low or high PSI. The lower rolling resistance and comfort of a tubeless ride is complemented by a wide rim, which lets tires sit with more volume in a way that Reynolds calls "modern" but we call less rolling resistance, better cornering, and a more comfortable ride.
The new Assault/Strike pairing also sees an update to Reynolds Cryogenic Glass Transition (CTg) brake track technology, with a taller profile and reworked resin system that extends past the brake track and into the rim to provide exceptional heat dissipation, all but eliminating the risk of the rim deforming or failing under extended brake use. Each wheelset also includes Reynolds' proprietary Cryo-Blue Power brake pads, which work with the CTg laminate to produce more consistent (read: safer) braking. Safety is also improved through Reynolds' PR3 construction method, which uses different carbon fiber, epoxy, and resin for each of five rim regions.
Last, but far from least, both wheels utilize Reynolds' Enhanced Swirl Lip Generator (SLG) design. There's a stack of wind tunnel tech behind SLG, but in a nutshell Reynolds adds a small lip of carbon on each side of the rim near the spoke connection points. The lip streamlines airflow across the spokes to reduce drag, and this iteration of SLG comes with claims of a 35% improvement in aerodynamics over the smaller original design. In real world terms, SLG just makes these wheels faster.
- A tubeless clincher wheelset with versatile capabilities
- Carbon construction balances responsiveness and weight
- Rim depth pairing blends light weight, stability, and aerodynamics
- Rim width increases tire volume for more traction and cushion
- Updated hubset rolls smooth with faster engagement
- 2x rear spoke lacing increases stiffness and responsiveness
- Includes Reynolds' proprietary Cryo-Blue Power brake pads
- Includes tubeless valves and tape