Viner Caesar tubular wheelset review£1,271.03

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BikeRadar score3/5

What Viner's mid-depth wheelset loses in acute aerodynamics it makes up for in lighter weight and responsiveness, making it a decent all-rounder for the money.

The 40mm-deep unidirectional carbon rim is certainly stiff, with base-anchored, straight pull-bladed spokes keeping everything taut and responsive. Lack of weight at the rim means they spin up noticeably quicker under acceleration up climbs or out of corners.

The small flange hubs do mean some movement when you really whip them about between corners, but overall they’re easily placed and reasonably accurate. Braking performance is fine too, which makes them a good semi-aero choice if you live, race or simply ride somewhere hilly.

The freehub has an interesting instant pull-off feature, so you can order a spare and switch cassettes without getting the chain whip out. Just be careful you don’t get filth in the delicate nylon bush internals during the switch.

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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