The price of reputable carbon wheels continues to drop—Easton, Specialized, Enve, and others have released mid-level composite hoops in the last year—and Reynolds follows suit with a revamp of its Performance line. The company puts its own spin on the wide (25mm), oval-shaped profile that’s become so popular in recent years with its proprietary Swirl Lip Generator (SLG). These matching protuberances on both sides of the spoke face are said to calm handling in cross winds while still keeping the aero advantage. The Performance line includes three wheels: the 29mm-deep Attack SLG (1365g; $1,600), the 41mm Assault SLG (1540g; $1,800), and the 62mm Strike SLG (1635g; $1,900). That might not yet qualify as affordable, but it’s also not too much more than premium alloy. Also of note, Reynolds says a tubeless carbon clincher is on the way.
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