Swiss Side claims its new Hadron² Ultimate 625 wheelset offers maximum aerodynamic performance with the widest operational range. That translates to being more usable over a broader range of terrain and conditions.
Available direct from Swiss Side, they come with tubeless tape and 12mm end caps installed, plus tubeless valves, valve extensions, quick-release end caps and skewers.
My test pair, including tape and end caps, weigh 777g on the front and 910g on the rear, totalling 1,687g.
The rims have a lifetime warranty against defects and measure 62.5mm deep, 30mm wide externally, and 20mm internally.
They’re built with 24 DT Swiss Aerolite II and Aerolite Comp II spokes on to DT Swiss 180 Dicut Centerlock hubs with SINC ceramic bearings.
The DT Swiss ‘pro lock’ aluminium nipples are hidden within the rims, which helps with aerodynamics but not maintenance.
The freehub body is Shimano/SRAM 11-speed, but if you’d prefer a SRAM XDR or Campagnolo one, you’ll have to pay €59 (circa £50) or €55 (£47) extra, respectively.
The tyres held air perfectly and measured 28mm wide when inflated. Swiss Side says these rims are optimised for minimum rolling resistance with 25mm and 28mm tyres, but are compatible with tyres up to a massive 64mm width.
Compared to the original Hadron, this Hadron² is claimed to reduce aero drag by around 15 per cent, and decrease the steering moment – turning force applied through the handlebar by air pressure acting on the front wheel – by 26 per cent, resulting in far greater stability.
While I can’t verify those claims, during testing, it was telling just how little I noticed the Hadron². Of all the similar depth wheels I’ve used, they’re the least affected by the elements, hugely increasing confidence when it’s gusty.
Their lateral stiffness makes for wheels that are more reactive than their mass might suggest.
They’re keen to accelerate and sustain high speeds on the flat and single-digit percentage gradients, and the additional tyre volume created allows lower pressures for increased grip and ride comfort.
I tested at 80psi or less, with no loss in speed, plenty of feedback and impressive real-world aerodynamics.
|Price||EUR €2288.00GBP £1961.00|
|Weight||1,687g – tested pair, including tape and end caps|
|Hubs||DT Swiss 180 Dicut centrelock|
|Rim internal width||20mm|
|Spoke count||24 front, 24 rear|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Aerolite II and Aerolite Comp II|
|Tubeless compatibility||Tubeless ready|