Profile Altair 52 clincher road wheelset review

Full-carbon build

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,199.99 RRP
Profile Altair 52 full-carbon clincher wheelset

Our review

Decent if draughty full-carbon wheelset that’ll appeal to existing Profile kit owners
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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Altair 52 wheelset (11)
Brand Profile

Description * Proprietary precision machined alloy hubs with custom depth flanges for extra stiffness * Sapim CX Sprint spokes with hidden nipples for additional aerodynamics * Sealed cartridge bearings * Hand-built assembly * Includes QR, valve extenders, spoke tool, extra spokes & nipples (2 front, 4 rear) * Size: 700c x 20H Front/24H Rear, Radial front, 2X rear * Color: UD carbon finish with colored decals, black hubs and black spokes
Weight (g) 1738
Front Wheel Weight 786
Rear Wheel Weight 952