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Sea Otter Classic Wheels

Hot wheels for racing and riding seen at Sea Otter

Rolf Prima Ares4 Disc

Rolf Prima Ares4 Disc: $2,500

Eugene, Oregon-based Rolf Prima has a new made-in-the-USA carbon clincher offering for the disc braking crowd — be it road or cyclocross. The Ares4 Disc has internal nipples, a bomb-proof Ti hub body, and it uses a paired spoke design, which they say reduces lateral rim pull, meaning less spokes (and weight) but not less strength. Claimed heft is 1,590 grams.

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Xentis Squad 2.5 SL Xentis Squad 2.5 SL

Xentis Squad 2.5 SL: $2,800

Austria’s Xentis (imported to the U.S. by Stage Race Distribution) is testing the laws of physics with these 890-gram carbon tubulars. The 25mm climbing hoops are strung together with high-modulus carbon and have carbon hubs spinning on ceramic bearings. Other features include straight pull spokes, rubberized anti-rattle valve sleeve, and patented braking surface Xentis claims reduces overheating issues. You can even run standard brake pads. They’re only making 25s for now, but 42mm, 58mm, 75mm, and a clincher version are in the works.

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American Classic Argent

American Classic Argent Road Tubeless: $1,550

American Classic is embracing (and pushing) the tubeless movement with the Argent, a 1,372-gram 30mm race-ready hoop with a 22mm wide rim, which allows the tire to better blend with the brake track, increasing aero efficiency. Think of it as the airfoil effect without the airfoil. Spoke count is 18 front, 24 rear, but American Classic claims the rear wheel has the strength of a 32-spoke model because of the way it divides spokes between drive side and non-drive side.

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3T Accelero 40 Team

3T Accelero 40 Team: $1,450

Italian wheel builder 3T was showing off its Accelero 40 Team, a sturdy carbon/alloy clincher. Spoke count is 18 front, 24 rear, and the wheel features a multi-system hub body, meaning you can swap between Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo without buying a new hub body. Simply slide on a special lock pin and you’re Campy compatible. The Accelero 40 Team comes in 40mm, 60mm and 80mm rim depths. You can also opt for “stealth” logos if you prefer the black-on-black look.

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DT Swiss RC38C db

DT Swiss RC38C db: $2,073

The popular DT Swiss RC38C db has added tubeless ready to its long list of functions. This disc-ready carbon clincher is a true jack of all trades, light enough to tackle long road climbs, but strong enough for the rigors of cyclocross racing.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • Mike Laughlin says:

    I’ve found the “claim” by Rolf Primo that their patented, paired spoke design is indeed factual. A pair of pre-Prima era, Rolf lightweight wheels came on a Raleigh Paramount Ti (Serotta built, Campy Record). I was 220 pounds at the time. They ran 7 years over rough county roads with expansion joint the size of the grand canyon. Perfectly true. When a motorist pretzel’d the front wheel two years ago, I purchased the Vigor RS set for senior games time trials and training. Great wheels. Wish they didn’t cost so much … but I’ll keep buying them.

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