Chris King's GRD23 R45D premium carbon gravel wheelset reviewed: Is the price tag worth it?

Chris King GRD23 R45D carbon gravel wheels offer a smooth ride, are build to last but come with an eye-watering price

The Chris King GRD23 R45D 24/24 Wheelset
(Image credit: Tyler Boucher)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

This is a premium gravel wheelset backed by a best-in-class warranty that rides exactly the way it should: it’s comfortable, built to last, and tracks well. That said, these wheels are on the heavy side compared to their competition, and the price is eye-wateringly high.

Reasons to buy
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    Very high build quality

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    Lifetime warranty

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    Great compliance

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    No rider weight limit

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not particularly light

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    Very expensive

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    Limited aerodynamic benefit

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When he launched his eponymous company, Chris King was the sole employee manufacturing one-off headsets and outfitting them with salvaged bearings. Today, the company employs many skilled craftspeople who make a vast array of different brightly colored hubs, headsets, bottom brackets and now: carbon fiber rims.

Chris King GRD23 R45D: construction

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