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Reynolds Attack Carbon Wheelset Review

Reynolds Attack Carbon Wheelset Review

Reynolds Wheels have been used in the professional peloton for a good few years now, for the past few seasons French squad AG2R La Mondiale have been sponsored by them. Obviously the pro teams get to use the latest wheel sets.

For most mere mortals we can either dream about using the latest high end wheels or take out a second mortgage and buy them.

So the answer for a lot of cyclist is to purchase the wheels that have the trickle down technology. They may cost less but on the odd occasions surprise and deliver a ride quality that you’d usually get with the high end wheels.

This is where the Reynolds Attack wheels come in.

Reynolds Attack Carbon Wheelset

Over the British summer I’ve been training, racing and taking part in the odd sportive on a set of Reynolds Attack wheels. These wheels sit at a price point that a lot of people would be looking at when buying a new set of high end wheels. They come in at around the £1000 mark, similar to a lot of high end alloy wheels. And for that money you get a lot of bang for you buck with the Attacks.

The carbon rim with it’s 32mm deep section is on the shallower side of the aero type profiles. It’s not as aggressive looking as some others but personally I feel this depth is pretty much perfect for a lot of different types of riding. When hill climbing its shallow enough to not carry too much of a weight penalty like you would with a 50mm, yet deep enough and has the right shape to aid with a amount of aerodynamic benefit. With that little bit of depth they have that “fast while standing still” look. Always a plus point when sat in the cafe trying to look like a proper cyclist.

Being a clincher aids to the versatility of the wheel, when running tubulars it can limit you to just using them on good weather days or racing due to the fact that replacing a tubular after a puncture can be a pricey experience. No chance of just throwing in a new tube and carrying on. I used several different tyres with these wheels over the summer so I could get a good idea of the wheel and not the combined feel of a single tyre/wheel combo.

I first used these in the Dolomites, a perfect testing ground for a relatively light wheel set, at 1400g for the pair. The acceleration out of corners while climbing came with a noticeable grin factor even when suffering and with such a light rim they whipped up to speed quick. The nipples are tucked away in the rim resulting in a really clean looking rim section.

The hubs (produced by Reynolds) ran silky smooth, they were one part of the wheel that really impressed me. Sure its nice having a fancy set of rims but if the hub runs like an old dog then its going to ruin the ride. I felt the hub was as nice as any high end one I’ve had the chance to use. In the 5 months I used these the hubs have not faulted, never once needed a service. Just super smooth quiet running. Lovely.

As I said the first testing ground was the Dolomites in Italy, great climbing and descending.

The climbing as I stated is a joy, though like in a lot of mountain regions the weather can change quickly, bearing this in mind it was obvious that my first experience of descending would be in a torrential down poor. I’ll admit it, they didn’t handle quite the same as the usual alloy rims I’m used to although I had expect this as I know carbon in the rain doesn’t usually break as well as alloy. With the specific Reynolds pads I managed to get down, sure not as fast as I would have usually liked but down safe and sound.

The breaking in dry and damp weather though is a different story. I can gladly report that they have no such problems. I used these in critiriums, where breaking is usually short sharp and aggressive, they performed to a really high standard; up there with a lot of the similar priced alloy wheels.

The stiffness of the wheel was a lot like the rest of the wheels performance; surprising. I wasn’t expecting them to be super stiff, but when climbing out of the saddle or sprinting I could feel no flex. Unlike a lot of alloy wheels available with there thick bladed spokes the Attacks really are quite smooth, despite being pretty stiff. On longer rides this comfort came in to play, they not once felt harsh or uncomfortable.

Sure they didn’t feel as stiff as some other wheels that have that “wow” stiff factor but then again I’m not Cav, and I don’t nee a wheel that can handle crazy amounts of power being pushed through them. I want to enjoy my ride and not feel every piece of gravel or pot hole. The Reynolds soak up a great deal of road buzz.

Conclusion

Reynolds have come up trumps with the Attacks. Light and fast. Plus that added factor, not costing stupid money. They have managed to produce a carbon wheel that sits at a price point that wont make your loved one bulk (too much). They handle a variety of situations really well and in some aspects they handle situations just as well as a wheel set that would cost several hundreds of pounds more.

I’ve long been an alloy wheel fan, theses wheels though have got me re-evaluating what I think a carbon wheel can deliver. And delivering it in spades.

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