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Top 5 – Training Wheels

It’s essential to replace your race wheels with a set of sturdy, reliable training wheels for everyday riding. Poor weather and long miles means your bike is subject to more abuse than it is at any other time of riding. Rain, muck, potholes and even snow and salt in the winter all contribute to increased rim wear and damage to bearings within the hub. Your bike also requires frequent cleaning which can also affect bearing lubrication and performance.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when purchasing a new set of training wheels:

  • Price
  • Reliability
  • Comfort
  • Performance
  • Weight

Below is our guide to the top 5 training wheels.

1 – Fulcrum Racing 3 Clincher Wheelset

The Fulcrum Racing 3 clincher wheelset ticks all the boxes for a great set of training wheels. They’re affordable, reliable, lightweight and offer the performance benefits of far more expensive wheels. They have been designed with a slightly wider rim to facilitate an easier fitting of 25c tyres. This also makes it easier to repair or replace an innertube when you’re out training. The wider rim also means the rider can benefit from better comfort, better grip and slower tyre wear. At just 1555g they’re by no means heavy either, so you’ve no excuse when you’re going slowly uphill!

2 – Campagnolo Scirocco C17 Clincher Wheelset

The Scirocco C17 is the ideal training wheelset for anyone running Campagnolo. They’ve had a slight re-design compared to the previous Scirocco and now have a 17mm rim width to better accommodate wider tyres. Campagnolo also claims that the wider rim profile provides an improvement in aerodynamics, with a smoother tyre to rim shape transition, especially with 25mm tyres. The new model of Sciroccos retains the same 35mm deep alloy rim that Campagnolo feels offers an optimal balance of aerodynamics and weight.

If you’re on a bit of a budget then the Campagnolo Vento Asymmetric G3 clincher wheelset is a great alternative to the Scirocco C17.

3 – Fulcrum Racing Quattro Clincher Wheelset

The Racing Quattro Wheelset is also built with a 35mm deep rim, similar to the Campagnolo Scirocco C17. They’re slightly heavier than some of the other wheels in our top 5 but the aero savings make up for that. Straight-pull aero spokes add stiffness and responsiveness which in turn improves acceleration. Sealed cartridge bearing hubs offer the reliability you’d expect from a set of Fulcrum training wheels.

4 – Novatec Jetfly Clincher Wheelset

The Novatec Jetfly are the perfect training wheel; their 32mm profile will give you an aerodynamic advantage while the machined braking surface is built to take a beating. 20 spokes in the front and 24 in the rear provide a great deal of responsiveness as well as a good level of comfort. On top of all this, the wheelset comes in at a highly impressive 1,435g for the pair. Ideal for when you’re suffering on the climbs.

5 – FFWD F2A Clincher Wheelset

The most expensive wheelset on our list is the F2A aluminium from Fast Forward. They’re arguably a little ‘flashy’ for a set of training wheels but if you take care of them, they make a great set of spare race wheels. FFWD are best known for manufacturing high-performance carbon wheels built around high-quality DT Swiss hubs. Before rejecting the F2A as a training wheelset it’s worth considering the benefits. DT Swiss 240 hubs are famous for being both lightweight and durable while a combination of DT Comp and DT Aerolite spokes in the rear wheel produce a stiff yet comfortable ride. A wide rim makes it possible to fit up to 28mm wide tyres, ideal for training.



Tom Bracegirdle

Tom Bracegirdle

Editor

Tom has been a keen cyclist since the age of thirteen and began racing competitively on the road as a junior. Since then, he spent three seasons racing full time in Belgium and France. A member of the marketing team here at ProBikeKit, Tom enjoys writing about new products in the cycling industry and road racing.


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