Ritchey WCS Zeta road wheelset review£675.00

Does everything competently

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The Ritcheys look conventional with their silver Sapim spokes and medium-profile rims, but closer inspection reveals the trifecta or crow’s foot lacing pattern on the drive-side at the rear, with one radial spoke between two others crossing it. This is designed to increase lateral rigidity, as are the large rear hub flanges.

The other spokes all cross once or twice, but don't touch where they cross, aiding compliance. At this price, we expected fireworks, but the WCS Zetas aren’t out and out racers. They’re marketed as lightweight, all-round training and racing wheels with excellent ride quality.

On the road the Vanadium alloy rims proved light and keen to accelerate or climb, but they lacked the zip of some other wheels at this price. They're hard to characterise, as they aren’t the most exciting but do everything competently.

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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