Magnesium is trying hard to become the ‘new carbon’ as the material finds its way on this pair of hoops by Pianni.
Pete Matthews follows a simple formula for his wheels based on more than three decades of experience, using the rider weight and riding style as the basis for the rim and number of spokes used.
These 28-spoke wheels use magnesium rims that are designed for general lightweight racing duties and this vulnerable metal is protected from the corrosive effects of British weather with a black anodized coating. The rims are a little on the small side, so a measure of care should be taken to ensure that the tyres have seated properly before inflating them.
The simple but highly regarded Ambrosio cartridge bearing hubs are used along with Sapim butted stainless steel spokes, and no truing was required during testing.