Pro-Lite Gavia tubular road wheelset review£949.99

Carbon tubs

BikeRadar score3/5

These eye-catching wheels are a decent choice for powerful torque-conscious riders, but not for hilly courses. The unidirectional carbon rim is a decent piece with good rigidity and the spokes anchor into the base to keep them short and tight.

The bladed spokes hook into the big machined flange hubs at a very oblique angle to give a noticeably tighter feel than most when you stamp on the pedals. High weight dulls acceleration though, and they soon feel dead on hills once momentum has faded.

The hooked (rather than threaded in) spoke/hub interface, plus the big flanges also makes them relatively soft and flexy sideways. Add the weight, and they’re not a big fan of sudden direction changes.

As long as you check spoke tension after bedding in, bearing life and general reliability on Pro-Lites we’ve used has always been good, and skewers, blocks and wheelbags sweeten the deal.

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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