Prime Doyenne 56 Carbon Disc review

Lower cost wheels to add a bit of free speed to any road bike

Prime Doyenne 56 carbon road disc brake wheelset
(Image credit: Jack Elton-Walters)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Prime Doyenne 56 Carbon Disc are more affordable wheels that will improve most bikes - a good value package that packs a punch on the flat and short, sharp inclines.

Reasons to buy
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    Stiff and responsive

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    Noticeably faster than the shallow rims they replaced on test bike

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    Look great

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    Good value compared to bigger name brands

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    Cope reasonably well with crosswinds

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavier than some rivals, but not prohibitively weighty

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    Freehub noise could benefit from being more consistent, quieter or both

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The Prime Doyenne 56 Carbon Disc Wheelset – previously known as ‘RD56’ – are deep section road wheels to add a bit of aero speed to any road bike. According to Prime, the wheels are aimed at ‘road riders across all disciplines who prioritise performance, technology and reliability.’ On the whole, I’d say the wheels achieved these aims and are among the best road bike wheels we've reviewed – although for a full analysis of reliability any product would need a much longer testing period than I’ve had with the wheels.

Prime, like Vitus a brand of Wiggle-CRC, designs all rims in-house. The newly named ‘Doyenne’ line is a lower cost alternative to Prime’s higher end Primavera wheels. The Doyenne wheels share the same profile as their Primavera cousins but they use a lower grade T700 UD carbon rather than the T800 used on the Primaveras – which means the percentage of carbon within the fibres of the lay-ups is higher in the T800.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.