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Wheel good riding

It’s not just spin – within this article there’s a fine selection of wheels, tyres and tubes available to the UK cycle trade. Jonathon Harker lists the options…


ROLF PRIMA’S hand- built range of wheels claims the fastest spoke pattern in the world. The Vigor family has been the brand’s most popular wheelset since it started, combining aerodynamics with minimal weight, pitched at everyday training and race day alike. SRP is £799. Redesigned for 2014 is the Ares 4 road carbon wheelset, weighing 1375g and combining weight savings with wind cutting spoke tech – with real world as


THE FIRM is expanding its Vee rubber bike tyres rapidly as they’ve been ‘very well received throughout the trade’, we hear. The firm says it has been importing Vee Rubber standard and premium ranges at a rate of approximately a container full per month to its Scunthorpe warehouse. The tyres offer a wide variety of tread patterns and sizes, covering everything from commuter, MTB, road, cyclocross, trainers, folder, recumbent, BMX, hybrid, e-bike, 29ers, 650Bs…you get the picture.


YOU MAY have caught up with the latest from Continental at Cycle Show, in which case you’ll already know about top of the range tech like BlackChili and Protection models. You’ll also be aware of the flagship Grand Prix 4000 S II, which has had a facelift, with a discreet bead strip allowing colour coordination. Sizes have expanded with the addition of a 28mm option. The new Grand Sport family is based on a solid 60 TPI casing, a NyTech breaker and the durable and super grippy PureGrip tread compound. The Extra version offers pure puncture protection, while the Grand Sport Race is designed as a balanced, all-round tyre. The Grand


well as wind tunnel testing. SRP is £1999. The road Alloy Elan hits the £749 price point, coming in 700c or 650c. Finally the Aspin SL is the road alloy option, retailing at £499 and using Elan tech. 0844 811 2001

AUSTRIAN RACING and tri brand Airstreeem has what it calls daring new colour schemes for its high- end carbon wheel, the Aero 50 Clincher. They feature an asymmetrical rim design, nano-coated braking surface and narrow spoke triangle for aerodynamics, stiffness and braking performance. The Carbon Aero 50 Superlights have all that and more – namely a reduced

Chicken CycleKit

FOR 2014, Miches’ hand-built in Italy SWR carbon clincher wheels (£1099.99) have been redesigned with a full carbon rim, made from high strength carbon fibre and specifically for clincher use. Deda Elementi is adding a top end

Many of the tyres come complete with

a variety of puncture prevention belts viz Kevlar, aramid and polybelt. There’s more info over at or via

wheel line to the bar and stem range through Chicken. Available in Carbon 45mm and 30mm, several patented technologies in the range result in maximum air penetration, high speed, extreme lightweight and matchless style. With the onset of winter, it is time to swap out summer slicks. The Zaffiro Pro

The Cycle Division

Sport Light has been designed as a pure competition tyre, with the PureGrip compound saving weight at the cost of longevity. Other key offerings include the Ultra Sport II, the award winning Rubber Queen trail and freeride tyre (re-named Trail King) and the 29-inch range has expanded with more specialist tread patterns and the Cyclocross Speed and CycloXKing. Via multiple distributors.

CYCLE DIVISION offers a wheel building service. A team of experienced wheel builders supply and maintain a vast stock range and can serve IBDs with almost any size configuration. The range is broad and supports the IBD wishing to provide anyone who rides a bike with a continuous supply of well-made wheels – be it for sport, lifestyle, health or commuting purposes. All wheels are hand finished, labelled and bagged under their ‘D2O Bicycle Wheel Division’ tag. The Cycle Division can also supply tailored products and provide rapid

turnaround of any special wheel build. As the main importer of Sturmey Archer in the UK this service is especially handy for anyone requiring any hub building into any rim size. Another area Cycle Division specialises in is free issue work. If dealers have in stock a large (or small) number of hubs and rims and feel daunted at the prospect of building them into wheels then CD can help. 0845 0508 500

Tech from Vittoria has a special wet-grip compound keeping riders inflated and rubber side down. A dense weave sidewall maximises puncture protection through the rest of the tyre. The unique tread pattern offers 20 per cent increased grip. 01525 381347

weight of 1,1220 grams. It’s the choice of ITU Triathlon World Cup Athletes. The aluminium clincher series includes four models for everyday training, marathons, racing and mountain riding. Highlights of that series include the AL20 Black edition, featuring exceptional stiffness and weighing 1,420 grams. The new wheel range

is covered by Airstreeem’s two year crash replacement service.



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