Reynolds Assault/Strike road wheelset£1,199.99

Mix and match

BikeRadar score3/5

This mix-and-match combo from Reynolds saves weight and improves handling for a responsive and versatile all-round pairing. The Assault front wheel has a 46mm wheel depth and, while it’s not as gust-safe as more rounded profiles, it’s definitely less stubborn in steering and snatch-prone than the 66mm Strike front. It’s also 80g lighter, which again helps front-end responsiveness.

Keeping the deeper wheel at the back means aero gains are still good though, and it’s relatively light for such a deep rim, which means reasonable acceleration. There’s a bit of brake rub if you really give them grief out of the saddle, but they’re comfortable on longer rides. Braking is very good for carbon, and conventional spokes means it’s easy to find spares. Long-term sets we’ve used have been flawless, and there’s a ‘spin up’ try-before-you-buy scheme available.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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