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There's no doubt that the Reynolds Strike SLG Carbon Tubeless Wheelset is built for speed, with its 62mm depth lending a cruising speed worthy of long, solo breakaways and dialed time trial efforts without sacrificing the snappy efficiency required to navigate a punchy criterium course. This Strike earns its AllRoad stripes by adding tubeless compatibility and a wider rim profile to expand your ride horizons beyond the race course to roads less traveled.
The most immediately obvious change for 2017 is stealthy new waterslide graphics, which are bound to add a handful of style watts to any day in the saddle. Less visually obvious, but no less important is an all-new hubset that boasts faster engagement for smooth, fast turns and a ride that rivals the responsiveness found in wheels at much higher price points.
As with the other members in Reynolds' AllRoad family, the rims' redesigned shelves and hooks hold a tubeless tire securely at low or high PSI. The lower rolling resistance and comfort of a tubeless ride is complemented by the Strike's wide rim, which lets tires sit with more volume in a way that Reynolds calls "modern" but we call less rolling resistance, better cornering, and a more comfortable ride. On the flip side, the traditionalists among us will appreciate the Strike's ability to also run as a tube-type clincher.
The new Strike also sees an update to Reynolds Cryogenic Glass Transition (CTg) brake track technology, with a taller profile and reworked resin system that extends past the brake track and into the rim to provide exceptional heat dissipation, all but eliminating the risk of the rim deforming or failing under long, hard brake use. Each Strike wheelset includes Reynolds' proprietary Cryo-Blue Power brake pads, which work with the CTg laminate to produce more consistent (read: safer) braking. Safety is also improved through Reynolds' PR3 construction method, which uses different carbon fiber, epoxy, and resin for each of five rim regions.
Last, but far from least, the Strike utilizes Reynolds' Enhanced Swirl Lip Generator (SLG) design. There's a heap of wind tunnel tech behind SLG, but in a nutshell Reynolds adds a small lip of carbon on each side of the rim near the spoke connection points. The lip streamlines airflow across the spokes to reduce drag, and this iteration of SLG comes with claims of a 35% improvement in aerodynamics over the smaller original design. Long story short, SLG just makes these wheels faster.
- A tubeless clincher wheelset with a penchant for speed
- Carbon construction balances responsiveness and weight
- Deep rim boosts aerodynamics while remaining stable in crosswinds
- Rim width increases tire volume for more traction and cushion
- Updated hubset rolls smooth with faster engagement
- 2x rear spoke lacing increases stiffness and responsiveness
- Includes Reynolds' proprietary Cryo-Blue Power brake pads
- Includes tubeless valves and tape
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