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Reynolds has been boasting about these wheels for years, and in 2010, they finally got the Tour de France exposure their efforts deserve when AG2R's Christophe Riblon soloed to victory on Stage 14 with a clean Reynolds Thirty Two Carbon Tubular Wheelset underneath him. They look similar to older-generation MV32s. The shape is the same, but there are two big differences, and these changes result in huge performance gains.
The first big improvement is the Swirl Lip Generator that rises from the rim wall. This is a patented Reynolds feature you find on their shallow- and mid-depth carbon-fiber rims. The SLGs are two tiny lips on either side of the inside edge. If you didn't know better, you might think they were parting lines that weren't sanded down after the rim came out of the mold. There's no sanding forgotten, and they are hardly an accident. The SLGs creates turbulence that helps the airflow reattach faster behind, after passing over the rim. They also decrease sideways air force on the rim, and in so doing, make your bike easier to steer in crosswinds. This means it takes less concentration and less strength to pilot the bike, so you can devote more concentration and more strength to going fast.
The second big change is their new CTg brake track. C is for Cryo, Tg for glass transition temperature. As you know, heat build-up is not a good thing at the brake track. For tubulars, heat build-up can lead to softening of the glue holding the tire to the rim and melting brake pads in the heat. The new CTg tracks are the result of a new resin system and a new laminate structure. In regular riding ...a perfect all-conditions racing wheel that marries lightness and aerodynamics...conditions, it means the brake tracks operate up to 100 degrees cooler than the old tracks. In other words, braking will be better, more consistent, and you'll have little to fear from braking hard on long descents.
The rest of the wheel is equally high-performance. The rim is drilled for internal spoke nipples, which means the wheel is a bit faster and stronger, as the hidden aluminum nipples present less of an obstacle for the wind and the rim has smaller holes in it. The spokes are DT's bladed Aerolite, both front and rear. They're laced with 20 radial in front and 24 cross-2 drive and radial non-drive rear. DT makes the hubs for Reynolds. These are the 240s model -- light, strong, smooth, and durable.
While the wheels should be nearly indestructible, all Reynolds wheel owners can buy themselves some extra peace of mind by purchasing Reynolds' two-year damage protection plan. It's called RAP, short for Reynolds Assurance Plan. The insurance means you should have little fear that a crash will ruin your wheel investment. Find out more about it on the Reynolds Cycling site.
The Reynolds Thirty Two Carbon Tubular Wheelset comes with either a Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM compatible freehub body, and they include a full set of their Cryo Blue brake pads in versions to match each. Reynolds recommends only these pads as they were designed with the brake tracks; use of any other brake pads is not recommended and will void the warranty. Reynolds also includes their new ultra-light quick release skewers. Also included with the wheels are valve extenders, wheel bags, and a spoke wrench.