Reynolds Solitude road wheelset review£399.99

Aero all-rounders

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Using a narrow, 18mm wide and 31mm deep rim, Reynolds have aimed the Solitudes at the all-round performance market. They're handbuilt with 20 conventional shouldered, round DT spokes up front and 24 at the rear, crossed twice on the drive side and radial on the other, fastened by internal spoke nipples.

The slim gauge spokes go some way to subduing the feel of the stiff rims. The small flanges of the ultra low profile front hub also aid compliance, and the rear hub flanges are differential, larger on the drive side for added strength. Both hubs have very positive feeling quick-release levers.

Out on the road the Solitudes feel quick, responding willingly to any acceleration, and the light aero rims help to keep them up to speed. Over the worst roads the wheels felt composed and reasonably comfortable, which was a surprise considering their fairly deep rims, and makes them suitable for racing and training alike.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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