Reynolds Solitude Clincher Wheelset - $373.75

The Reynolds Solitude Wheelset is a go-anywhere, do-anything option for anyone looking to either upgrade from a stock wheelset or to get the most out of their training. In fact, you'll find that these wheels are being used for off-season training by teams ranging from the likes of AG2R to the domestic powerhouse, Hagens Berman. And with a medium-profile, 24mm depth, a durable aluminum construction, and a 1575 gram overall weight, it's easy to see why. As we mentioned, the Reynolds Solitude features a 24mm deep, aluminum construction. Essentially, this makes the wheels just shallow enough to minimize rotational weight, while being just deep enough to cut through the air. In terms of both compliance and rigidity, the aluminum composition creates an efficient interface between your pedaling force and the road. You'll find that the wheels spin up rather quickly, and hold their speed well on both the flats and descents. And speaking of descents, the maximum 20.0mm rim width of the Solitude creates a sturdy platform for cornering through windy courses. There are 20 radial front spokes and 24 rear spokes laced in a two-cross drive/ radial non-drive pattern. And new for 2013, the nipples have been moved to the exterior of the rim, finally easing your service and maintenance. As for the hubs, you'll find that Reynolds selected a lightweight, yet sturdy, aluminum hub set, with easily serviceable sealed cartridge bearings. The Reynolds Solitude Clincher Wheelset is available in the color Black with White labels and as a 700c clincher. Reynolds is offering this wheelset with either a Shimano- or Campagnolo-compatible freehub body, and yes, the Shimano-version is compatible with 9-, 10-, and 11-speed group sets. It's also worth noting that each wheelset comes with Reynolds Cr-Mo Black skewers and a pair of Reynolds rim strips. - $373.75