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Top 10 Best Carbon Road Bike Wheels

Top 10 Best Carbon Road Bike Wheels

It’s often said that a new set of carbon wheels are the best upgrade you can make to a road bicycle. To be totally honest, it’s tough to disagree. Whether you’re a seasoned racer, dedicated sportive rider or just want to turn heads at the café, a new carbon road wheelset is a great way to improve the performance and look of your machine.  Indeed, being lighter, stiffer and typically more aerodynamic than alloy wheelsets, you’ll notice the benefits provided by a new set of hoops immediately.

Zipp 302 are some of the best all-round carbon wheels money can buy

With these points and benefits considered, in our opinion, these are the best carbon road bike wheels money can buy, ranging from the reasonably priced to the downright silly (keep reading for a closer look at each of them) –  

  1. Campagnolo Bora One 50 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset 
  2. Reynolds 80 Aero Carbon Road Wheelset 
  3. Token C55A Carbon/Alloy Road Wheelset 
  4. Zipp 302 DB Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset
  5. Shimano Dura-Ace Carbon/Alloy C24 Road Wheelset 
  6. Reynolds AR 41x DB Carbon Road Wheelset
  7. FFWD F9 DT240 DB Carbon Road Wheelset
  8. Campagnolo Bullet Ultra Road Wheelset
  9. Token Konax Pro Zenith Tubeless Carbon Road Wheelset 
  10. Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Road Wheelset 

After you’ve read this, all you’ll need to do is convince your partner why you need a fresh set of carbon wheels, instead of a romantic get-away. If you don’t manage to make your case quite convincingly enough, take a look at the article below for some great wheelsets under £400.

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  1. Campagnolo Bora One 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018
    £1,299.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Campagnolo Bora One 50 Clincher Wheelset 2018

    If you want a pro-level carbon wheelset without the pro-level price tag, then a Campagnolo Bora One 50 wheelset could be for you. Using the same carbon mould as pro-level Bora Ultra wheelsets, these wheels balance aerodynamics and weight exceptionally well and excel at pretty much any type of road riding – from hill climbs to criteriums. Thankfully, this updated version comes with a slightly wider rim to help seat bigger tyres for increased comfort, grip and speed. 

    ✓   Full carbon fibre rim 

    ✓   Same rim construction as pro-level Bora Ultra wheelsets 

    ✓   Well suited to both hilly and flat terrain

    ✓   Weigh 1485-grams per pair

    ✓   Wider rim for larger tyres 

    ✓   Available in a disc brake compatible version

    Buy now with free delivery
  2. Reynolds 80 Aero Carbon Clincher Wheelset 2019
    £2,050.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Reynolds 80 Aero Carbon Clincher Wheelset 2019

    Centred around a colossal 80-mm carbon rim, the Reynolds 80 Aero carbon wheelset are built for one unequivocal purpose. Pure, unadulterated straight-line speed. Thankfully, due to the DET (Dispersive Effect Terminator) rim constructionthese wheels are noticeably more stable in crosswinds than other deeper wheelsetsAt their core lie an Industry 9 i9 hub set, which we rate very highly. As a point of comparison, an i9 hub set has a similar build quality to a set of Chris King R45 hubs, at a fraction of the cost. If all these features weren’t enough, they even come with a lifetime warranty.  

        Full carbon fibre rim

    ✓    80-mm rim construction maximises aero performance 

    ✓    DET rim improves handling during crosswinds 

    ✓    Tubeless-compatible 

    ✓    High-quality Industry 9 i9 hubs 

    ✓    Lifetime warranty 

    Buy now with free delivery
  3. Token C55A Resolute Carbon/Alloy Clincher Wheelset
    £499.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Token C55A Resolute Carbon/Alloy Clincher Wheelset

    If you’re on a budget, but want a wheelset that offers a considerable boost to performance, we’d consider the Token C55A wheelset.  With a 55-mm deep carbon fibre fairing joined to an alloy brake track, a Token C55A wheelset offers similar aero gains as a full carbon rim, while providing all the braking performance and comfort of an alloy wheelset. Quite literally, providing the best of both worlds.

      A fraction of the price of many full carbon wheelsets 

      Carbon fairing offers considerable aerodynamic gains

       Alloy brake track provides incredible braking performance 

    Buy now with free delivery
  4. Zipp 302 Carbon Clincher Disc Brake Wheelset - Shimano/SRAM
    £959.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Zipp 302 Carbon Clincher Disc Brake Wheelset - Shimano/SRAM

    Benefiting from trickle-down technology, Zipp 302 wheels balance aerodynamics and precise handling with the same level of perfection as some other Zipp wheelsets twice the price. Thankfully, they also feel pretty nimble too, weighing around 1650-grams a set. However, what we really love about the Zipp 302’s (brace yourselves, we’re about to go full bike-nerd), is the fact that they’re built with regular J-bend spokes, meaning that unlike other performance wheelsets, they’re much easier to service.  

    ✓   Full-carbon rim construction  

      42-mm deep rim provides aero gains, without sacrificing stability 

    ✓   Weigh 1654-grams 

    ✓   Built with J-bend spokes, making servicing that much easier

    Buy now with free delivery
  5. Shimano Dura Ace R9100 C24 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset
    £749.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Shimano Dura Ace R9100 C24 Carbon Laminate Clincher Wheelset

    Using a reinforced polymer to bond a lightweight carbon fairing to an alloy braking track, the Shimano Dura-Ace C24’s are a supremely light, but durable wheelset.  Indeed, weighing just 1389-grams per pair, this wheelset offers better climbing performance than any other wheelset on this list – full carbon or not.  Additionally, without a hugely deep rim, they offer a remarkable level of comfort and stabilitfor long rides, rough roads and harsh conditions. Fortunately, they’re also compatible with 8, 9, 10 and 11-speed groupsets making these wheels perfect for both retro and modern road bikes.   

    ✓   Carbon-alloy rim construction provides both durability and lightweight

    ✓   Weigh 1389-grams per pair

    ✓   Alloy braking surface provides an incredible braking performance 

    ✓   Shimano 8, 9, 10 & 11-speed compatible 

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. Reynolds AR 41X Carbon Clincher Disc Wheelset 2019
    £1,200.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Reynolds AR 41X Carbon Clincher Disc Wheelset 2019

    Weighing 1630-grams and equipped with a wider, tubeless-compatible rim, the Reynolds AR 41x DB wheelset is built for climbing performance over rougher surfaces, and would complement any disc-brake equipped endurance road or gravel bike. While there are more aerodynamic wheels in the Reynolds range, we found the shallower 42-mm rim construction afforded considerably more compliance and comfort over rough roads. If you’re looking for the lightest set up possible, Reynolds also has a rim-brake compatible version of this wheelset too. 

    ✓   Full carbon fibre rim  

    ✓   1520-grams per pair

    ✓   Wide, tubeless-ready rim

    ✓   Shallower rim offers better compliance and comfort over rough terrain.  

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. Fast Forward F9 DT240 Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset
    £1,874.95 Buy now with Probikekit

    Fast Forward F9 DT240 Disc Brake Clincher Wheelset

    Equipped with a 90-mm deep carbon rim, a FFWD F9 carbon wheelset are a perfect match for any triathlon-specific disc brake bike. Following industry trends, they’ve been designed with a 26.6mm-wide tubeless-compatible rim allowing you to seat larger tyres to improve comfort, grip and speed. They even come with wheel bags so you can protect your wheelset during the off-season. 

    ✓   90-mm deep full carbon rim construction 

    ✓   Disc brake compatible 

    ✓   Wider, tubeless compatible design  

    ✓   Includes wheel bags 

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. Campagnolo Bullet Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset
    £875.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Campagnolo Bullet Ultra 50 Clincher Wheelset

    If you want to improve the performance of your Campagnolo-equipped race bike, but you’re on a budget, then the Campagnolo Bullet Ultra wheelset could be a perfect choice. Designed with a carbon fairing and an alloy brake track, this wheelset offers similar aerodynamic performance of full carbon Bora wheels, but with the added braking performance of an alloy rim. Complete with sealed ceramic bearing hubs (a rare feature at this price-point), this wheelset really makes you question whether you need a full carbon wheelset at all. 

    ✓   50-mm carbon fairing provides aero gains of wheelsets twice the price

    ✓   Alloy brake track provides consistent braking performance

    ✓   Weigh 1590-grams

    ✓   Hubs equipped with CULT ceramic bearings

    Buy now with free delivery
  9. Token Konax Pro Zenith Carbon Tubeless Ready Wheelset - Shimano
    £1,099.79 Buy now with Probikekit

    Token Konax Pro Zenith Carbon Tubeless Ready Wheelset - Shimano

    Thanks to the 52-mm-deep carbon rim, the Token Konax Pro Zenith carbon road wheelset offers incredible aerodynamic performance without being so deep, as to hinder handling. Designed with an exceptionally wide, tubeless-compatible rim, you can run wider tyres at much lower pressures for increased comfort and grip on rough terrain too. Weighing just 1452-grams, they’re certainly no slouch on climbs either. With both rim brake and disc brake compatible versions available, these wheels are incredibly hard to fault, especially at such a competitive price. 

    ✓   Full carbon rim construction 

    ✓   52-mm rim for improved aerodynamic performance and handling 

    ✓   Wider, tubeless-compatible rim design

    ✓   Weigh 1452-grams 

    ✓   Considerably cheaper than many wheelsets of comparable quality 

    Buy now with free delivery
  10. Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon UST Wheelset - 2020
    £989.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon UST Wheelset - 2020

    With a pedigree of excelling over fast, rolling terrain, Mavic sought to reduce the weight of their new Cosmic Pro Carbon wheelset to improve climbing performance and versatility.  Now weighing 1650-grams per pair, and constructed with a stiffer spoke pattern, this wheelset is incredibly stiff and responsive, whether you’re laying down the watts on the flat or up a climb.  Like many wheelsets on this list, this wheelset is tubeless-compatible for improved puncture protection on rougher roads, and even come supplied with a set of Mavic Yksion tubeless-ready tyres, so you’re ready to roll right out the box. 

    ✓  Full carbon rim construction 

    ✓  1650-grams per pair 

    ✓  Tubeless compatible 

    ✓  Come supplied with Mavic Yksion tubeless-ready tyres  

    Buy now with free delivery

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