Williams Cycling Wheel System 50c wheelsets - clincher

3.7/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $999.00

Product Description

  • Built to Race

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    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Leroy a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: August 2, 2016

    Strengths:    The price is less than the known brands but a lot more than Chinese generic wheels off Ebay

    Weaknesses:    8 broken spokes in 15 months. Bearing are also shot is less time. These are the ceramic and they roll worse the $100 wheels

    Bottom Line:   
    This is for the Wheel System 58 Carbon Clincher. There seems to be a design flaw with the wheels or I got a really bad set of wheels. I have never broken a front spoke in my life and have broken 3 in my front wheel and 5 in my rear wheel. What's most unusual is that I have not broken any drive side spokes. The valve is not boxed so there's a spoke crossing right where I need to attach the pump. The bearings are garbage; it would take a mavic bearing 20 years to get like a 6 month old Williams bearing. I weigh 157 lbs and don't race. I was hoping for much better, these are worse than the wheels back in the 80s.

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

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2015

    Strengths:    Cost and customer service. I have also found these to be a very reliable wheelset.
    My Cost was 1800.00 as I also purchased the PowerTap G3

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I actually have the Williams 58's clinchers and I love them. I have not have any issues with them for this year that I have been riding on them I weigh about 186 lbs and last year I put about 12,000miles on these as I race and commute on them (I just received the commuter of the year in Pima County). Recently my front hub developed a problem after hitting a pot hole really hard but I'm convinced that any carbon wheel would have been challenged by the impact.

    I also have the Power meter G3 option on my wheelset...this combination has proven to be awesome. As you can tell I love my wheels and I would recommend them to anyone.

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    Favorite Ride:   THe Shootout (Tucson Arizona)

    Price Paid:    $1800.00

    Purchased At:   Williams online stor

    Bike Setup:   2012 Diamondback Podium 5

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by rocky_mtn_rider

    Date Reviewed: April 3, 2014

    Strengths:    [This review is actually for the System 58 carbon clinchers]
    Attractive... If you like huge and numerous decals.
    The carbon rims appeared to be okay.

    Weaknesses:    The Williams proprietary hubs are garbage.
    Bearings are bad... I mean REALLY bad.
    Right out of the box the front wheel needed truing at the local bike shop.
    During rides a really weird noise developed... I was informed that this was the pawls sticking.
    Had five pro bike mechanics inspect these wheels to determine cause of noise and other manufacturing-related issues. All confirmed that there was a serious problem.
    Yes, I know... that can happen with any product. Especially Asian made stuff ... But still, this web page is for reviews of this particular item and that's what I'm providing.

    Bottom Line:   
    Read all the luminous reviews prior to purchasing. But am very disappointed.
    Customer service was / is outstanding, in the sense that the owner Keith Williams responds quickly and personally. He is very helpful, accessible, communicative as is their in-house mechanic.

    I am considering returning these for a full refund.
    I purchased through Amazon - and Amazon has a really good return policy.
    There is really no significant advantage to getting Williams carbon wheels as opposed to getting the really cheap eBay Chinese carbon clinchers.
    Williams carbon wheels are built either in Taiwan or China anyway, so what's the point ?

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian Killion

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2013

    Strengths:    Excellent balance, strength and roll.

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had these wheels for a month now and I've put them through hell. They bounce back like a good rubber band and haven't had any problems at all. True as the day they came out of the box.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Don James a Triathlete

    Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012

    Strengths:    Strong as all get out, hybrid ceramic hubs, carbon rims with basalt braking surface. Came with the brakes pads. Nice build with the Powertap.

    Weaknesses:    Ah...hmm....oh....NADA!

    Bottom Line:   
    I got these after I was smashed a few times by cars and my HEDs went bye bye forever. I demo'd the ZIPPs and no doubt they are nice wheels, but with a premium I don't see.
    I got the Williams 58 clincher with the SL+ Powertap. I slam in 1500 watts sprints and not a "tink" "ping" or groan from the wheels that is. After over 3k miles, not even a wobble, I have never had them trued, I have the hub serviced once a year, just because and no worries. At 220 after my morning constitutional these wheels have held up amazingly well and they don't need to be "Clydesdale" builds to do so.

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    Favorite Ride:   Paekakariki hill loop in Kapiti, NZ

    Price Paid:    $2700.00

    Purchased At:   Williams WebSite

    Similar Products Used:   Felt TTR2 wheels, HED 3, Reynolds Attacks, Reynolds Assaults

    Bike Setup:   2009 Felt DA, Dura-Ace, Vulka bars, Williams 58s with SL+ PT, Simkin Brakes

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