Borg 26 2:1 700c rim-brake wheelset review

A durable, reasonably light, well-priced pair of four-season wheels that are handbuilt in Suffolk

Borg 26 2.1 wheels
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Handbuilt aluminium rim-brake wheels - remember those? The Borg 26 2:1s are proof that more traditional wheels are not only alive and well but can also be light, fast, responsive, tough and great fun to ride. The Borgs' relatively low price of £505 might suggest they're 'training' wheels, but our verdict is that this is a good-quality wheelset that just gets on with the business of turning in all seasons and has a really nice turn of speed.

Reasons to buy
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    Reasonable weight

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    Tubeless ready

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    Stealth looks

Reasons to avoid
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    Tight to fit clincher tyres over rim

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To clear this up from the start, these Borg 26 2:1 road bike wheels are 700c and not an old-school mountain bike size: the '26' refers to the depth of the rim not its diameter. There are Borg 22 and Borg 31 wheels too if you have a different set of requirements. 

And since Borg wheels are handbuilt - Malcolm Borg builds him himself at his shop, The Cycle Clinic, in Suffolk - a wide range of wheel requirements can certainly be met.

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg