Oval Concepts 530 road wheelset review£298.98

Semi-aero set

BikeRadar score2/5

Swiss Aero component outfit Oval Concepts are new to the wheel game and their entry-level wheel comes in slightly off the pace. The 30mm semi-aero alloy rim gets a big wear indicator groove right round it. That can potentially grab grit though. Plain gauge J-bend spokes mean that despite radial lacing and alloy freehub and axles, weight’s high for the price.

Add low build tension – particularly of the radial laced offside rear – and there’s a lag rather than a leap when you put the power down. Tracking from the skinny front hub isn’t accurate. However, the bearings are well protected under Allen-key-secured metal shroud covers. While we’ve no history on these wheels, they’ve been fine so far through very wet testing.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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