Reynolds Forty Six T Tubular Wheelset - $2,300.00

If you're like us, you see rim depths in terms of functionality -- under 32mm is reserved for climbing, over 60mm is best left for time trials, and 46mm is the absolute sweet spot. We find this cross-section of the wheel market to be its most competitive, but not surprisingly, Reynolds has risen to the occasion. With its Forty Six T Tubular Wheelset, you'll find an industry leader in regard to weight, rigidity, and responsiveness. In fact, in terms of weight, the Forty Six tips the scales around a mere 1200 grams. And when compared to comparable tubular rim depths, the Forty Six comes in lower than both the Zipp Firecrest 303 and Enve SES 3.4s. How was it done' With Reynolds' CR6 Hybrid Carbon, of course. This is the same carbon fiber found in the Aero line of wheels. It's used in both lines because it allows a high level of torsional and lateral rigidity without the detriment of stacking grams. And for the Aero line, its light weight and high tensile strength keeps the weight of a 26.2mm wide rim down. When used on the Forty Six's maximum width of 20.8mm and a rim depth of 46mm, rotational weight becomes almost negligible. So, it can be asserted that while the Forty Six's aerodynamics play a vital role in its design, it hasn't undergone the same extensive DET tunnel-testing as the Aero series. However, like the RZR 46, the Forty Six has received Reynolds' Swirl Lip Generator (SLG) technology. It's easy to miss, but the leading edge of the rim features a 0.9mm lip in order to widen it near the spoke face. Accordingly, this minimizes pressure drag by reducing side forces on the rim, leaving room for responsiveness and weight to be the paramount characteristics of the Forty Six. And along these lines, you'll find that the wheels roll up to speed quickly, and demand less user-force to keep them there. Additionally, its exceptional stiffness-to-weight ratio guarantees a nimble reaction to your force when you jump to pin down a climbing break. - $2,300.00

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