Parcours Ronde wheelset review

This all-road wheelset has everything covered, from low weight to high compatibility to proven aerodynamics

Parcours Ronde wheelset review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

In the very competitive £1,000/$1,000 carbon wheelset category it's usually possible to spot at least one area where a model falls short, but not so with the Parcours Ronde. It has been meticulously designed by one of the leading thinkers in wheel design, it ticks all the aero, weight and compatibility boxes and its performance is flawless. The perfect upgrade wheel.

Reasons to buy
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    Low weight

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    Tested aerodynamics

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    Compatible with 25-50mm tyres

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    Excellent ride quality

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    Can handle terrains from tarmac to gravel

Reasons to avoid
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Taking its name and inspiration from the Ronde van Vlaanderen, aka the Tour of Flanders, the disc-only Parcours Ronde (£1,049) puts low weight, high versatility and proven aerodynamic performance into mixed-terrain riding.

Weighing a claimed 1,400g (our set weighed 1,417g with rim tape) and optimised around a 28mm tyre - though compatible with everything from 25mm up to 50mm - the Ronde is what the British brand describes as “an all-road wheelset ensuring high speeds on the asphalt, with confident and reliable performance when the going gets rough.”

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Parcours Ronde £1,049Header Cell - Column 1
Rim depth35.6mm (front) / 39.3mm (rear)
Max rim width32.0mm (front) / 30.5mm (rear)
Internal rim width22.5mm
Weight 1,417g weighed with rim strips (790 front 627 front / 790g rear)
SpokesSapim CX-Ray 24 front / 24 rear
Lacing pattern2 cross front / 2 cross rear
HubsParcours Disc Centrelock

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.