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The Reynolds Strike C Clincher Wheelset tells you exactly what its intentions are with its name -- to strike. Its carbon fiber construction lends itself directly to high levels of responsiveness, while its deep 66mm profile aids in minimizing drag. So, whether you're aiming to quickly cover ground in Zone 3, or the time has come to jump off of the front, the Strike C aid your objective with sheer speed and reactivity.
As a deeper version of the Reynolds Assault, which is a slightly heavier version of the Forty Six, the Strike's rim was also constructed from its PR3 Hybrid Carbon. As a result, the wheels tip the scales around a respectable 1680 grams. This places them just around 6 grams over the Reynolds Sixty Six clinchers, however, both wheels share a nearly identical mold, measuring out to a maximum width of 20.8mm and a rim depth of 66mm. So, while aerodynamics and stability rank rather evenly, the ride characteristics differ in response to the Strike's slightly heavier carbon layup, although the Strike still features an impressive and improved stiffness-to-weight ratio. Additionally, you'll find that the Strike controls price by opting for Reynolds Racing hubs over DT Swiss, and DT Swiss Revolution spokes instead of DT Aerolites. But, the 65 gram differential adds little to the rotational weight department. So, the wheels still roll up to speed quickly, and demand less user-force to keep them there when compared to weightier carbon clinchers.
And while the two wheels are differentiated by a few variables, both wheels are constructed with the same proprietary carbon technology, only varying in the layup. The recipe consists of three technologies -- Hybrid Modulus Laminate (HLM), Variable Resin Chemistry (VRC), and Inert Gas Compaction (IGC). Basically, these three systems work harmoniously to construct the Strike. HLM is a method used to assign specific carbons and layups at different points of the rim. So, through this method, Reynolds placed different carbons and layups at the tire channel, brake track, side wall, internal nipple bed, and spoke face. Then, with VRC, Reynolds' exclusive resins bond the different laminates into a single structure. And lastly, IGC is used to mold and cure the rim in what Reynolds deems as the most ideal of environments. As a result of this construction process, the Strike is strengthened at a strategic points, and benefits from a light overall weight. Additionally, the wheel's layup provides high levels of lateral and torsional rigidity under load.
With the Strike, Reynolds also addressed an all-too-common ailment to carbon wheels -- poor braking. The solution was found through the development of what Reynolds calls its Crynogenic Glass Transition Braking System (CTg). Essentially, this is a patented braking design that required both a redesign of the brake track laminate and pads. Accordingly, CTg uses a temperature-conductive laminate at the brake track's transition points that withstands higher levels of heat than typical carbon laminates. And when paired with Reynolds' polymer Cryo Blue brake pads, braking becomes more predictable and requires less finicky feathering on fast descents.
For the actual build, Reynolds used 16 radial-laced spokes in the front and 20 spokes in a one-cross, drive-side pattern at the rear. These have been laced to Reynolds Racing straight-pull hubs, and the wheels attach with steel-shafted quick-release skewers. Please note that while the Strike's internal nipples decrease your drag footprint, truing the wheels will require a Reynolds-specific internal spoke wrench.
The Reynolds Strike C Clincher Wheelset is available in the color Black with White labels and in a clincher configuration. Please note that the rear wheel is offered with either a Shimano or Campagnolo 11-speed. Also, every wheelset includes two pairs of Reynolds Cryo Blue Brake Pads. Reynolds recommends only using its proprietary pads, and the use of any other brake pads will result in a void of your warranty.