Reynolds Assault SLG Carbon Clincher Wheelset 2016
Versatility is not a dirty word. Some experts out there feel any wheel that doesn't have a clear purpose is a compromise. We beg to differ. The Assault series of wheels from Reynolds have been a best seller for several reasons. First, these can be ridden in virtually any type of event or situation. Second, the 41mm profile simply performs, rides well, and delivers aero benefits. Third, not every cyclist has a service van or garage full of wheels. Fortunately, with the Assault SLG Carbon Clincher Wheelset, you don't need one. If you require a well balanced, no compromises wheelset that won't require a home equity draw, please read on.
The 25mm wide Assault SLG features quality workmanship and construction in a sub-1500 gram 41mm section wheelset. Lighter, stiffer, and faster than the previous version, aerodynamics have also been improved through Computational Fluid Dynamics with the Enhanced SLG, or Swirl Lip Generator. This is essentially a groove on both sides of the rim profile that drastically improves air flow, reduces drag, and assists in wheel stability. To build the Assault rim Reynolds sources aerospace-quality carbon fiber from Japan, developed specifically to Reynolds specifications. The engineers employ their PR3 methodology, precisely assigning different carbon fiber lay-ups to three distinct regions of the rim. Each lay-up (fiber, resin, and epoxy) is optimized for the specific requirements of that area. For example, the strength requirement of the rim hook bead is much different from the rim shell profile, but the brake track has it's own needs. As such, these areas have different construction. Reynolds considerable experience in cycling and working with carbon composites inform these decisions, just as it has in developing the CTg Braking System.
CTg is an acronym for Cryogenic Glass Transition and is comprised of very specific carbon and resin combinations to help dissipate heat at the exterior of the rim surface to enhance braking performance. Testing shows this reduces heat buildup by 53%, which keeps the inside of the rim much cooler than the exterior, essential for performance and safety. Proprietary Cryo-Blue Power brake pads are included with the wheelset and work in conjunction with the brake track to deliver the powerful, consistent braking while keeping things cool.
The Assault SLG rim now uses a 17mm internal width rim channel that is tubeless ready. This allows the flexibility to run a tubeless clincher or a regular clincher tire with an inner tube. The versatility also comes from the 25mm rim width and 41mm section profile. Paired with a 23-25mm tire, the footprint is larger for exceptional grip and handling. Stability comes from the combination of the mid-section profile and the increased width. You won't be buffeted by cross winds, nor get tentative on rougher roads or in sharp corners. The Assault SLG accelerates immediately, and the aerodynamics help you hold speed when in the wind, or when drafting. The lateral stiffness will impress you, and the vertical compliance will surprise you.
DT Aerocomp bladed spokes are laced to Reynolds hubs, using DT alloy nipples. The cartridge bearing hubs are which are as smooth and durable as they are simple to maintain. The front wheel's 20 spokes are radially laced at high tension for lateral stiffness and aerodynamics. The 24 rear spokes are laced 2x on the drive side and radial on the non-drive, and when tensioned on the stout 25mm rim, the response is immediate. The Assault SLG Carbon Clincher is perfectly suited to be your sole racing wheelset, and durable and practical enough for everyday training as well. The value is tremendous, and exceeded only by the performance.
- Mid section aerodynamic wheelset is a terrific all-around performer
- 41mm deep rim has been subjected to CFD, built with Reynolds PR3 construction
- Enhanced SLG groove is 8x larger than on standard SLG rims
- CTg Braking system delivers consistent stopping power, drastically reduces heat build-up
- Rim width: 25mm external, 17mm internal
- 20 hole radially laced front & 24 hole radial/2X drive side lacing rear
- DT Aerocomp spokes with DT alloy nipples
- Includes: CTg specific Cryo-Blue Power brake pads, QR skewers
- Wheelset is Tubeless ready
- Shimano/SRAM 10, 11 speed compatible
- Weight: 1475g/Set