Hollowgram R45 wheelset review - stealthy looks and sticking with hooks

Hollowgram's R45 wheels follow the current trend for more affordable carbon wheels - plus they keep your tire and PSI options open with traditional hooked rims

Image shows the Hollowgram R45 wheels
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

These aren't the lightest set of wheels for their depth and price point, but neither are they problematically heavy. The ride feel was excellent and they held their speed well when putting on the pace. Hooked rims are becoming ever more of a rarity as increasingly more brands make the change to hookless - but sticking with the more traditional tech keeps your tire (and pressure) compatibility maximally broad.

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Sleek looks

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    Excellent ride feel

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    Decent aerodynamic design

Reasons to avoid
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    A little heavy

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Hollowgram, a sister brand of Cannondale, has gotten in on the current (and excellent!) trend of offering top-end performance wheelsets at more attainable price points. 

Much like other similar products on the market, these 45mm deep wheels also cut a sleek look with their predominantly matt carbon finish and subtle gloss black decals denoting their name. 

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Sam Gupta
Video Manager

After discovering his love of cycling in college, Sam has always kept two wheels very close. Having spent over five years working in a couple of local bike shops, it's fair to say he enjoys getting hands on. He also loves to push himself to ride ever longer distances and to explore as many new places as possible. 

Sam has been Cycling Weekly's video manager since January 2022. You'll find him on our YouTube channel where he brings you the latest cycling tech news, rides, reviews and all of the most important new launches while taking in some incredible cycling adventures too.