Planet X Pro Carbon Tubular 50mm wheelset review£399.00

Top value tubs

BikeRadar score4/5

Warehouse direct Planet X wheels have been a super-popular option for years, offering decent performance at a discount price. New rims and assorted hub packages put them in a whole new value league though.

The new rims come from a big-name carbon outfit out east, and are both stiffer and lighter than the old ones. The wheels are then handbuilt in the UK.

Our exclusive first samples are outstandingly sharp and direct on the road. They aren't the most comfy we've tested, but there's no trace of wind-up or twang from the 20-spoke front, 24 rear lace-up, and braking is fine too.

Our proto set built up with a Reynolds hub at the front/Gravity Zero hub at the rear mix came in at a competitive weight, while various hub options built into wheels from £399 upwards are in the pipeline.

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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