Prime RR50 BlackEdition X CeramicSpeed DB 50 wheelset review

Prime's latest flagship wheelset includes lighter rims and CeramicSpeed bearings but is it worth the price hike?

Prime RR Black Edition
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Rocket ship speed, stiff and with impressive handling traits, the Prime BlackEdition x CeramicSpeed is an exceptionally well performing wheelset. There are performance gains over the standard BlackEdition wheelset but this is mainly down to the lighter rim weight. The inclusion of ceramic bearings, whilst certainly increasing the kudos, does also increase the price somewhat over the standard edition. Yes they certainly roll fast and are durable but over the normal BlackEdition wheelset the benefits for many riders could be construed as being relatively marginal.

Reasons to buy
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    Super fast rolling

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    Build quality

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    Stiffness under loads

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Reasons to avoid
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    Standard set performs just as well for £300 less

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The Prime RR50 BlackEdition X CeramicSpeed DB 50 wheelset was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

Prime has steadily been growing traction in the entry to mid-priced wheel market thanks to some highly specced, solid performers with price tags that immediately mark them as being somewhat of a bargain.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.