If you want a new pair of wheels and they have to be a light pair for his hill-climbing, which you maybe are doing a lot of! We run through our choice of wheelsets and hope you have the money to afford them!
As I’m sure you all know light wheels are a must for climbing hills, you are fighting gravity so weight is very important and aerodynamics are of secondary consideration.
You don’t say if you are using Campagnolo, Shimano or SRAM? So we will have a look at a few different options to cover most eventualities. Here there comes the Top 5 for us… enjoy
Shimano Dura-Ace 7850 Review
Shimano: If you are using Shimano you could do no worse than consider the Shimano Dura-Ace 7850 wheelset that we reviewed a while back, they weigh in at 1380 grams, the pair we had were slightly lighter, but this is around the weight you should be looking at.
Fulcrum Racing Light XLR Wheels
Fulcrum: The Fulcrum wheels are made by Campagnolo and have all the technology and performance you need. The best pair for climbing (I would say) would be the Fulcrum Racing Light XLR, the weigh-in at 1280 grams; they have carbon hubs and a low profile rim. If you want a deeper rim then there are the 50-millimeter deep rimed Racing Speed XLR, they weigh 1325 grams. The deep rims are not necessary for climbing and they add weight to carry upwards. Fulcrum wheels are compatible with Campagnolo, Shimano, and SRAM.
Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two
Campagnolo: Here you should be looking at the Hyperon Ultra Two clincher which has a low profile carbon rim for clincher tires (and tubs); the pair weighs 1350 grams and has carbon hubs the same as the Fulcrum Racing Light XLR’s. In the medium depth, rimed wheel sets the Shamal Ultra is 1395 grams are very interesting, but the very deep carbon Bora Ultra (for tubs) are the sexiest wheels you can lay your hands on, they weigh 1305 grams.
Mavic R-SYS SLR
Mavic: The best pair for climbing has to be the R-Sys Premium, weight is saved with the use of titanium bolts and carbon spokes and hub caps, and they weigh 1360 grams.
The Others: Above are the main wheelsets from the most well-known manufacturers, there are many more, which includes Pro Lite, FSA, Fast Forward, Easton, Corima and others, but if you have the money the best pair of wheels available are the Lightweight Obermayer III for tubular, there are three versions the lightest coming in at 960 grams, the problem is the price, don’t ask!
Here it’s another source to find the best climber wheels, written by By Caley Fretz at velonews.competitor.com, here’s a look at what pros picked…