Black Inc Black Thirty wheelset review

A lightweight wheelset that comes with aero claims

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A stunning set of climb hungry wheels that could be a real GC contender for your bike's wardrobe - the Black Thirty is compliant, stiff and never clattery. Aero gains have been considered, but of course 30mm rims are never going to be flat-terrain sprint optimised. However, if you want one wheel to rule them all, or a lightweight set for the mountains, these could tick your boxes.

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Ready for the climbs without lacking stiffness, Black Inc’s Black Thirty wheels impressed us no end, carrying our tester to a crit race win and lending a helping hand during hilly road races. The carbon brake surface worked excellently with Black Inc’s own pads, offering reliable stopping, even when downpour hit.

We trusted them on race day and during training, and enjoyed them enough to select them for the 2018 Editor’s Choice.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.