Stan’s NoTubes Alpha 340 road rim £85
Tubeless road wheels continue to be a minority choice despite the obvious benefits.
With the Alpha 340’s there are two less reasons for not getting on board as you can have them built on to any hub plus they’re super cheap. Our test pair were laced onto a fine set of American Classic hubs with Aerolite spokes making for a versatile, light, all-rounder of a wheelset.
We’ve done a little more than the mandatory 100 miles and the 340s are turning into a firm favourite. Obviously a light build, the rim itself has a list weight of 350g, very impressive plus Stan’s lists it as being cyclo-cross suitable so it must be confident in its strength.
All this has been borne out in our testing – they’re a light, strong and rigid. I can’t recommend these rims and wheel package enough, they’re great.
Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless tyre £54.99
Building on the Fusion 2 that we so enjoyed the performance of, the third iteration brings more of the same from Hutchinson’s ‘general purpose’ road tubeless tyre.
Fusion 3 is a small evolution. The compound is slightly tweaked to make it longer lasting as well as slightly lowering rolling resistance. In use the change was imperceptible to us; the grip levels in either wet or dry remained the same but since that was already a strong point that’s good news.
In fact the 20g weight reduction, making them under 300g each, is likewise unnoticeable on the road. In all, it feels every bit at good, now has a black compound and costs a bit more.
KCNC Chain Catcher £23.99
In theory a well-set-up bike shouldn’t need a chain catcher unless you shift up at the back, down at the front, whilst taking a corner or hitting some rough ground at which point no matter how good your bike set-up you’re risking your paintwork and a carbon crunching nightmare.
KCNC’s Chain Catcher is comprehensive with three mounts to cover all options, plus a separate clamp for orientation.
Fitting is straightforward and alignment a doddle with this design and with the well-sculpted arm an errant chain is easily directed to the inner ring.
This article was first published in the January 5 issue of Cycling Weekly. You can also read our magazines on Zinio and download from the Apple store.