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2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset

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2012 hed ardennes fr clincher wheelset   2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset

One of the wheelsets offering great performance is the 23mm-wide clincher wheelset called Ardennes FR, which was released by Steve Hed for 2012. The FR in its name stands for Flamme Rouge, which is the top-shelf designation of Hed.

Aluminum-rimmed, the Ardennes FR is a lightweight wheelset that offers incredible speed and strength. With this wheelset, gripping the road is significantly better for any tire. A body option allows riders to choose between a Shimano/SRAM-spline and Campagnolo-spline cassette.

In the alloy wheel category, the 2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset is definitely one of the favorite picks. The stallion build of the wheelset makes it ideal for cyclists who weigh between 87 to 102kg. Also, the skewer and ratchet ring of the wheels are titanium.

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2012 Corima Winium XC 26 Mountain Bike Tubular Wheelset

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2012 corima winium xc 26 mountain bike tubular wheelset   2012 Corima Winium XC 26 Mountain Bike Tubular Wheelset

Corima has unveiled it very first mountain bike tubular wheelset called Winium XC 26. Aside from its 12/8 spoke pattern, Corima also utilized a great-looking 12K weave pattern on its rims, which is its trademark. It also used a CenterLock rotor mount on the hubs.

The 2012 Winium XC 26 wheelset is for 26in tires and is tubular only. With CX-Ray spokes, the tires are laced in a three-cross 12-spoke drive side as well as two-cross eight-spoke non-drive for the rear. On the disc rotor side, more spokes were put.

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Not including the skewers, the 2012 Corima Winium XC 26 Mountain Bike Tubular Wheelset weighs 560g front and 700g rear. The rims measure 19mm deep and 24.5mm wide. Also planned by Corima for 2012 is a 29er mountain bike tubular wheelset model.

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2012 Specialized Roval Control SL 29 Wheelset

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For 2012, Specialized has a lot of exciting brand new products to offer, which includes the new race-ready wheelset called Roval Control SL 29. These stiff hand-built wheels feature a carbon rim that comes with a CNC-machined alloy body rear hub and a carbon front hub.

While the wheelset is designed based on the Control SL 29, the X-12 142+ rear hub flange spacing makes the new model even stiffer and balances spoke tension. The molded fiber disc rim is tubeless compatible while its front hub is compatible with the standard 24mm/28mm QR and 15mm thru-axle.

Designed for exclusive use on 2011 Epic 29er bikes and frames, the 2012 Specialized Roval Control SL 29 Wheelset is made unbelievably lightweight, weighing in at only 1440g. Other nice features include DT pro lock hexagonal alloy nipples and Roval titanium quick releases.

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2012 CrankBrothers Cobalt 11 29er Carbon Wheelset

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Highlight of the 2012 range released by CrankBrothers is its new 29er carbon fiber wheelset called Cobalt 11. What is very noticeable with the new wheels is that they have a carbon fiber rim, which is key to its incredibly light weight and excellent stiffness.

Tubeless compatible, the 19mm wide rims utilize the original CrankBrothers twinpair spoke-lacing design around its own design hubs. To make the wheels stronger and stiffer, vertical ribs secure the spokes in place rather than the usual design having rim spoke holes.

With its combined light weight and unique aesthetics, the 2012 CrankBrothers Cobalt 11 29er Carbon Wheelset is the ideal machine for race hardtails. On the other hand, since the wheels guarantee topnotch quality, they are quite pricey as compared to other 29er wheels.

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2011 FSA Vision Trimax T42 Wheelset

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2011 fsa vision trimax t42 wheelset   2011 FSA Vision Trimax T42 Wheelset

Neat, tight, and easy-handling, the Vision Trimax T42 Wheelset consists of semi-aero mid-section wheels from FSA for 2011. While the 42mm section rim does not cut up the wind and deeper sets, it is less prone to be blustered in windier conditions.

While it weighs 1.7kg/pr, which is average, these wheels climb better than deeper wheels do and they also light up effortlessly under power. This is because there is less in the rims. Very tight and precise overall feel and consistent braking are achieved through the hand-built straight-pull bladed spoke build.

When it comes to bike suitability, course profile, and wind conditions, the 2011 FSA Vision Trimax T42 Wheelset has better versatility as compared to most deeper section wheels. Other excellent features are long-term smoothness, high quality quick-release, and tire covers.

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2011 Citec 3000 S Aero Wheelset

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Citec, a German company, offers a less mainstream choice this 2011 in the wheelset category with the new 3000 S Aero. As compared to other wheels of similar price, the weight of the 3000 S Aero is reasonable with the front weighing 700g and the rear 890g. With 14 at the front and 16 at the rear, the spokes are bladed and straight-pull all over.

Very impressive, the well-made hubs run slick on the road with oozing quality. With a slight flex evident, the wheels can quick rise to speed and perfectly perform. The rims that are only 27mm deep make the wheels less vulnerable to side winds.

Not only is the 2011 Citec 3000 S Aero Wheelset aesthetically nice. It is designed with excellent construction quality as well. Indeed, the 3000 S Aero wheels are a great choice for racers or sport riders who want to stand out…

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2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset

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Finally released after two years of developing, the 2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset takes pride in its well thought out features. These include the wheelset’s unique and innovative aero rim shape and carbon materials.

Among all deep-profile carbon clincher designs, the Firecrest rim shape is the first one to provide advanced aerodynamics, strength, ride quality, and handling of a broader rim body. Weighing 557g per wheelset, it is one of the lightest deep-profile carbon clinchers on the market.

Although quite pricey, the 2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset is one of the best all-around wheelset for bicycle racing out there. Though designed as race wheels, these can also be used for frequent training with reliable durability.

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