Reynolds Cycling's new deep-section SDV66 and Element disc wheels are now available, according to UK importer Upgrade Bikes.
The £999 Element disc is big news for Reynolds, as its first all-carbon fiber disc wheel. To get the weight down to 1100g, Reynolds has used a uni-directional full monocoque carbon lay-up around a foam core that expands when the wheel is cured. That tensions the wheel, improving its strength.
Upgrade Bikes' Tom Marchment raved to us about the details of the Element's construction. "Rather than the usual crude hole through the disc for the valve port, Reynolds have designed a proprietary carbon valve shroud which improves wheel stiffness, aerodynamics, aesthetics and ease of use since a right angle valve adaptor is not required for inflation," says Marchment. "The valve port is moulded into the wheel during its lay-up process so the tension of the disc is not affected by creating a valve access point after the curing process."
The hub can be converted for track use and the Element is also available paired with the new SDV66 tubular front wheel for £1399. A clincher version of the Element will be available in January, but weight and pricing is yet to be determined..
Speaking of the new non-disc wheels, the SDV66 has a 66mm deep carbon fiber rim and comes in both tubular and clincher versions at £1299 and £1599 per pair respectively. Both have airfoil rim shapes that Reynolds says are recognized by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as having one of the very lowest drag coefficients. Weights are 1350g/pair for the tubular version and 1650g/pair for the clincher.
The rims are built on to DT Swiss 240s hubs customised to Reynolds own design and the SDV66 wheels use DT aerolite spokes. The clincher version, the SDV66-C, has an all-carbon rim with no aluminium brake track.