Campagnolo releases its first ever disc brake wheels

Campagnolo Zonda DB wheels are a new step for the Italian company

After unveiling its disc brakes earlier this year, Campagnolo now has a wheelset to come with them with the release of the Campagnolo Zonda DB wheels, the first disc brake-specific wheels the company has ever produced.

Campag says that its new wheels have been designed from the ground up, meaning that there is no sign of any redundant brake track, although some technology has been carried over from its rim brake wheels.

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Most notably the new wheels use the asymmetric G3 spoke pattern that it has used on its rear wheels in the past (where the spokes are grouped in threes, with two joining the hub at the drivetrain side and one on the non-drivetrain side) and moved this onto the front wheel which will now also have to cope with asymmetric forces thanks to the disc brakes.

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The rim profiles of the Campagnolo Zonda DB wheels have also been asymmetric-ised, while being milled to reduce weight and hopefully liven up the ride and acceleration.

Importantly the axles will be compatible with a range of axle standards, the front working with either quick release or 100mm thru-axle, while the rear is compatible with quick release and  142mm thru-axles. The wheels will also work with either six-bolt or centrelock rotors.

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There’s no word yet on the price of the new Campagnolo Zonda DB wheels, although we would expect them to be a little more expensive than the rim brake version of the Zondas, which are currently priced at £374.99 for the clinchers.