Deda Elementi Trenta 2 gravel wheelset review - light and snappy but a little too firm to be called comfy

A performance-orientated set of carbon hoops with solid all-road and gravel riding credentials

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

There’s plenty to like about the Deda Trenta 2 wheels. Light, responsive and stiff, they’re a good match for performance-orientated gravel riders or those looking for an all-road upgrade that will work well with today’s high-volume road tires - and the build quality is high, too. However, if your riding is a little more laid back, or you’re routinely tackling rugged terrain, then you may desire something that yields a little more comfort.

Reasons to buy
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    Light - under 1,500g for the set

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    Quality build

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    Responsive and fast rolling

Reasons to avoid
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    Not quite as comfortable over harsher surfaces

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    Alloy nipples

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With the continued rise of the gravel bike and the benefits of running wider tires on road bikes moving from trend to accepted wisdom, there’s been a confluence of sorts when it comes to wheel design. 

The result is a group of gravel wheelsets that draw on both road and off road influences, created to work with tires that range from 28mm to 50mm in width and across a range of surfaces from road to gravel and plenty in between. Deda Element’is Trenta 2 is one such example.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.