Ryde Carat RC1 road wheelset review£439.99

Handsome hoops with impressive ride quality

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Ryde wheels come under the umbrella of Rigida International, the world’s largest group of rim manufacturers. The Carat RC1s are built partly by hand in Germany using high quality Taiwanese hubs. At first glance these are very handsome wheels, the carbon hub bodies concealing the straight-pull Sapim aero spoke heads, and the carbon and titanium quick-release levers providing a classy touch.

Weight is good – 584g front, 770g rear – and the slim spokes give a soft feel. There is some wind-up noticeable on acceleration, but the low rotational mass means they hold on to speed easily. Climbing performance wasn't as good as expected for such a light wheel, although the ride quality was impressive. The hubs have two sealed bearings in the front and four in the rear, which should stand up to long sportives with ease.

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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