Reynolds DV46 T UL tubular wheelset review£1,699.00

Carbon tubular choice

BikeRadar score4/5

Reynolds have been pushing the carbon fibre envelope at the top-performance and top-value levels for years now, and this agile and crisp-feeling wheel is a lightweight bargain.

The 46mm-deep high modulus carbon fibre rim uses a narrow profile to slice the wind with minimal weight penalty. Tight-spoking and low weight makes it precise and obedient into turns.

Acceleration through the DT Swiss ratchet hubs is immediate, and inspires an attacking approach. Comfort through the conventional spokes is reasonable. Braking performance is good, so it’ll descend as aggressively as it climbs.

A 20/24 conventional spoke pattern spreads loads and DT hubs have a great reliability reputation. There’s also an accident protection plan for US$200. Wheel bags, titanium skewers and brake pads are included, so it’s a well-priced package.

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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