Carbon wheels were once the preserve of sponsored pros and wealthy amateurs only, but prices have crept ever lower, with the cheapest options now costing significantly less than some top-end alloy wheelsets.
All the same, this deal on Prime’s RR-28 V2 wheelset from Wiggle is an exceptional one.
Discounted from £599.99 to £369.99 (that’s 38 per cent off), these are the cheapest carbon clinchers we’ve ever seen from a mainstream bike shop (i.e. not a no-name overseas seller offering questionable warranty support).
Now, a caveat: we haven’t reviewed these wheels so we can’t tell you how good they are, but on paper they look like a solid choice.
The Prime RR-28 V2 is a 28mm deep, carbon clincher for road bikes with discs. It’s built on own-brand cartridge bearing hubs (Wiggle stocks spare bearings) with Pillar spokes and, with the addition of tape and valves, it can be converted to tubeless.
The hubs are own brand and can be converted to accept thru-axles. Wiggle
By default, the hubs are quick-release skewer compatible, but Wiggle stocks the parts to convert these to thru-axles, and they’re priced at a very reasonable £7.49 for each end.
It’s also worth noting that the RR-28 V2’s rims are 16.5mm internal width. That’s relatively narrow by current standards, meaning these probably won’t be the best choice for a gravel build, but it’s perfectly adequate for road tyres.
The RR-28s weigh a claimed 1,648g which isn’t ultralight, but it’s a chunk less than the entry-level wheelsets you’ll find fitted to most road bikes under about £1,500. Also, they’re carbon! Everybody loves carbon!
We’re not sure why the RR-28 is so heavily discounted, but it appears this is an outgoing model as it’s listed as being from the 2018 model year, and others in the Prime range such as the deeper section RR-50 have been updated with new specs for 2020.
Incidentally, if you’ve got rim brakes rather than discs there’s an RR-28 for you too, although at £419.99, it’s only a measly 30 per cent off. Barely worth getting out of bed for, right?
Head over to Wiggle to grab yourself a set of RR-28s, but don’t hang around if you’re keen, as we can’t imagine they’ll stick around long at this price.