Among the hundreds of parts that make up the modern bicycle, the wheelset is unique: it’s the only component that touches both the frame and the road at the same time. That means every aspect of the road surface–good and bad–is transmitted to the frame and rider through the wheels. The same is true in reverse. Every rider command, intentional or otherwise, ultimately meets the road surface via the wheels. In other words, success, failure, performance, and experience depend directly on the design, material composition, and quality of your wheels. We test and re-test in two unforgiving venues: the lab, and international competition. We’ve excerpted the following information from a series of technical discussions prepared by Reynolds design engineers.
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