PRO RC50 tubular road wheelset review£899.98

Reliable aero upgrade

BikeRadar score3/5

These Shimano Ultegra-based wheels from componentry offshoot PRO are a solid and very reliable aero upgrade for a good price.

The 24 Sapim bladed spokes front and rear are cross-laced into the base of a stiff sided, cross-woven top layer 12k monocoque rim. That means they are both stiff to start with and easily retuned if they do wander out of line.

Add the well-proven Shimano Ultegra 6600 hubs with user-serviceable bearings and the PROs are certainly built to last. They’re relatively weighty, so they take a while to wind up on the road. But once rolling, they’re stiff and reassuringly accurate with a surefooted on-road feel in gusty conditions.

You get the excellent Ultegra skewers and padded wheelbags included in the already good price too. Like most wheels at this price, the heavy rim cuts turning agility, so look well ahead for potholes.

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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