20 Jul 2012, Posted by conan in Rides, No Comments.
This year I decided to invest in a set of carbon fibre race wheels.
I was looking for a full carbon fibre aerodynamic wheel to suit most racing conditions. I wanted a wheel that was stiff and light weight for use in both criterium and road racing. A clincher rim was also on the checklist as gluing tubulars is not my idea of fun.
I had all the major brands on my shortlist until I discovered Corecarbon wheels, which are designed and built right here in Melbourne. I managed to organise a test and after one ride I was sold. They were exactly what I was after in a wheel.
The ordering process is seamless and easy and the wheels are delivered packed soundly in a wheel box with an owner’s manual.
Corecarbon wheels come in 38mm, 58mm, and 85mm rim depths.
I decided to go with a combination of a 38mm front wheel and a 58mm rear.
The combination was perfect. The 38mm front wheel is light, stiff and aerodynamic – yet isn’t at all affected by cross winds.
The 58mm rear wheel gives maximum aerodynamics whilst also being very laterally stiff.
A versatile wheelset that is highly aerodynamic yet still gives confidence in cross-winds. And a stiffness to weight ratio that alloy can’t provide.
On the road the wheels perform superbly. They accelerate well, then when at speed have that ‘deep dish’ feeling of aerodynamic advantage.
Where the wheels really dominate is under hard racing conditions. Attacking a climb, closing a gap, hard cornering and sprinting – Corecarbon wheels feel bombproof due to the carbon fibre rims and sealed bearing hubs combined with a quality hand wheel build.
When it is time to stop the Corecarbons amazed me. Breaking performance is superb. Combined with their ceramic fibre compound brake pads the braking is on par with traditional alloy rims in all conditions. All without any noise or screeching that many carbon fibre rims suffer.
The other major criteria that these wheels dominate is value for money. Climbing, sprinting, cornering and speed you can’t go past Corecarbon wheels.