Profile Altair 52 clincher road wheelset review£1,199.99

Full-carbon build

BikeRadar score3/5

Profile have only just added wheels to their portfolio, but this reasonably light full-carbon clincher set make a decent, if not astonishing, first impression. Although they’re a brand new set-up, Profile have stuck to narrower, slightly elliptical rims for this 52mm-depth duo. The full-carbon build saves weight over carbon/alloy hybrid wheels but also adds cost, and braking isn’t as consistent, particularly in wet weather.

They’re not as controllable in changeable wind conditions as the latest fatter shapes either, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the forecast rather than leave them on regardless. The hidden nipple build, with deeper-than-average hub flanges, is nice and tight, so they feel responsive on the road. Matching your wheels to the Profile aero bars and drink systems will appeal to the ‘collar and cuffs’ kit brigade too.

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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