Deda Elementi SL38C wheelset review

Italian component manufacturer comes to the fore with this versatile wheelset

Deda Elementi SL38C wheelset
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall, the Deda Elementi SL38s provide an answer to a question that will soon be asked when a rider wants to take their high-end carbon wheels off the tarmac and into the dirt on occasion. It's fair to say that Deda doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Zipp or Enve as often as they should but this wheelset goes some way towards rectifying that.

Reasons to buy
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    Ceramic bearings

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    Wider rim

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Reasons to avoid
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Famed for stems and handlebars, Deda Elementi products are found on more bikes than people probably realise. However, the Italian component manufacturer would like you to know that it creates wheels too – and good ones at that.

The SL38C wheelset is Deda Elementi's premium wheelset. With a 38mm rim depth the wheels work well across all but the windiest of days, making them a fine choice for anyone who has been thinking about upgrading to a versatile pair of carbon wheels.

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