After designing the CLX 50s, we realised that an affordable, race-worthy carbon wheelset was nowhere to be found—until the CL 50 was developed, that is. We paired our quiver-killing CLX 50 rim with DT Swiss Competition round spokes, our Aero Flange hubs with DT Swiss 350 internals, and steel bearings to deliver you an exceptional wheelset at a more than accessible price.
Sharing rims with the CLX 50s, the CL 50s feature many of the benefits as their higher-end siblings. Even though the CL 50 is similar in weight to many wheels in the “lightweight” category, aerodynamics came at the forefront of the development. With this, we jumped headlong into Computational Fluid Dynamics computer modeling to arrive at various rim shapes that could make the CL 50 as fast and light as possible. It took a while, but we narrowed the rim shape down to three contenders that were then CNC machined into rims, built into wheels, and put into the Win Tunnel.
In the tunnel, we tested every wheel, ours and the competition's, with a 24C tyre (measuring 26C), as tyres can drastically affect testing. We chose a modern-width tyre to design our rims around, because they not only allow for less tyre pressure (which results in more comfort and less rolling resistance) but are also just as aerodynamically efficient when paired with the correct rim width.
Now it was time for final testing validation. The result? A 50mm-deep, 1465-gram clincher wheelset that's race-ready and wallet-friendly.
Rim Type: Carbon clincher, 2Bliss-Ready
Rim Material: Carbon
Braking Surface: Carbon Fiber
Brake Track Height: 12mm
Rim Depth: 50mm
Rim Width: 20.7mm internal, 29.4mm external
Front Spoke Pattern: Radial
Rear Spoke Pattern: Radial/Two-cross (2:1)
Spoke Count: 16 front, 21 rear
Spoke Type: DT Swiss Competition Race T-head
Nipple Type: DT Swiss Pro LockBrass hexagonal
Front Hub: Roval AF1, sealed cartridge bearings
Rear Hub: Roval AF1, sealed cartridge bearings, DT Swiss 350 internals, 11-speed
Assembly Method: Hand-built
Extras: Roval steel quick-releases, Roval tubeless plugs and valves, SwissStop Black Prince brake pads
With over 17 years experience offering quality bikes and service, you can rest assured we have deeply considered the quality of the products we sell and have the technical skills to assist if any possible problems arise.
Along with being the ‘local’ bike store to many riders in Auckland, we also have an extensive customer base of riders nationwide. Believe it or not we even have riders from overseas come to us for our quality products and expertise!
Lastly, we are riders ourselves. We are in this business because we are genuinely passionate about riding all types of bikes and are here to share our knowledge to help enhance your riding experience.