Token T50 Carbon 50mm tubulars wheelsets - tubular

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)

Product Description

50mm carbon tubular race wheelset.
1430 grams for the set
semi aero spokes, full carbon rims, ceramic bearing hubset

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrz1 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2009

Strengths:    Value, speed, smoothness, weight (for the price), speed!

Weaknesses:    Somewhat noisy free hub. The flashy red graphics that at first I thought were cool are starting to get annoying and while they work great with my black with red highlites bike, they could clash with many bikes paint schemes.

Bottom Line:   
After over 600 miles on these wheels I have found them to be a fantastic value and an excellent wheel. The first pleasant surprise came when I weighed the wheels upon first receiving them. They actually came in at 1375 grams which is under Token's claimed weight of 1405 grams. When is the last time that happened!!? Usually it is the other way around where an item weighs more than claimed. Initially I was underwhelmed with the wheels. The free hub was very loud and I expected the ceramic bearing wheels to spin more freely than they did on the first few rides. Also there was alot of squealing when braking even with the carbon rim specific brake pads that came with the wheels. Fortunately I did not rush to judgement because it seemed that around the 400 mile mark the wheels became "broken in" and came into their own. The free hub has grown quieter, although still louder than most, and the wheels seem to be spinning quicker on every ride. I am now a believer that ceramic bearings do make a difference! I have gained over 2 mph on my top speed over my previous wheels (American Classic 420's and also Neuvation C50 tubulars). They spin up quicker than my other wheels (both of which are great wheels in their own right), and are light and climb well. The brake squeal has also greatly diminished. With their flashy red graphics and red skewers and hubs (I have a special "red" edition) they get alot of attention. I am very pleased with these wheels and considering that I purchased them new on Ebay for $800 I am blown away by the value. $800 for 50mm carbon rimmed, ceramic bearing, CX-ray bladed spokes, tubular wheels? Unbelievable! A 5+ in value and the only thing keeping it from a 5 over-all is the slightly noisy free-hub and lengthy break-in period.

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Favorite Ride:   Annies Inn

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   American Classic 420's, Neuvation C50 carbon tubular wheels.

Bike Setup:   Motobecane LeChampion SL with shimano ultegra shifters and derailleurs, fsa carbon compact slk crank, sram red 11/23 cassette, sram red chain, tufo elite jet hi-tpi tubular tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Zen a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2009

Strengths:    Climbing...Great climbing ability, holds speed really well on the flats. Wheels spin up really fast. Comfort over bumps.
Breaks smell after hard breaking...feels like your going really fast when you can smell your breaks

Weaknesses:    Crosswinds become a problem for lighter riders. At 5,10" and 164lbs you feel the wind and your probably better off using less aero wheels for less than perfect days.
They would look better without stickers.
Squeeky breaks under hard breaking

Bottom Line:   
What can I say. I am thouroughly impressed with this wheelset. They came true out of the box and the hubs spun so freely straight away. When put on the stand for the first time as a test we decided to spin the wheel to test the hub and the wheels spun faster where the valves were placed and then started to spin back the other could go away and come back 3 minutes later and the wheel would still be spinning...AMAZING. Noticed a 10kmh difference in decending speed and it holds speed really well. Dont expect it to be faster unless your doing over 40kmh on the flat. If your just a recreational rider that averages under 30kmh on a wheels wont do anything.
Put these on before a big fast group ride and you will be hitting the breaks to stop you from running into te front of the pack, they are quick!
Great comparison to Zipp 404 clinchers, but better in my opinion because they are full carbon

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Favorite Ride:   Beach Road, Kew Bvd

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Croydon Cycleworks

Similar Products Used:   Zipp 404 Carbon Clinchers

Bike Setup:   08 Bianchi 1885 Alu/Carbon
Campagnolo Centaur groupset
FSA Team Issue Crank
DEDA head stem and bar
ITM K-Sword carbon seat post
Fizik Arione Saddle
Ceramic Jockey Pulley upgrade
Campagnolo Record Chain and cassettes
Campagnolo Zonda/Token T-50 Wheelsets

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Juanmoretime a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2008

Strengths:    Very fast, responsive and reasonable priced wheels.

Weaknesses:    None. Yes they are heavier on the scale but the weight does not seem to hurt the performance of the wheels.

Bottom Line:   
This is the 2008 version with the redesigned hubs, ceramic bearings and the Sapim CXRay spokes. These are just damn fast wheels. I mounted a set of Vittoria Triathlon tubulars to off set some of the weight. The spin up quickly so their weight is really not felt. Wheel stiffness is excellent and that shows in the responsiveness of the wheels in steering input and cornering. I did have some seal issues that made the rear hub squeal like a pig.I had to take a part the rear hub and grease everything but all has been fine since. I guess the seals were too tight from the factory.

Token is a sleeper!

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Favorite Ride:   All of them

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Ziip 404, Bontrager carbon wheels and American Classic carbon wheels.

Bike Setup:   12.6 lbs Lynskey R320.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wildtype1969 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008

Strengths:    Fast, smooth rolling, corner like your on rails, durable. LOOK great.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavier than some in the same genre (albeit twice the price).

Bottom Line:   
Great wheelset for a fast crit in low wind. Very stiff in the corners and rolls very smooth with available ceramic bearings. I've raced these wheels for 2 years and had no issues. Only had to true once after a crash that broke a spoke-very durable. Great alternative that compares favorably with much more expensive wheels. Also, PCD offers excellent customer service.

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Favorite Ride:   Any Crit with an uphill finish

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   www.ProCyclingdiscou

Bike Setup:   Token Corsa with Campy Record and Token seatpost, bar, stem. Campy Chorus UT crank, Fizik saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mobula77 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2008

Strengths:    cornering and price

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
This was my first year on the tubulars and I liked them a lot. Nice cornering and they look great on any bike.

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Favorite Ride:   West Chester, Twilight Crit

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