Rolf Prima Ares4 ES wheels review

The Rolf Prima Ares4 ES wheels have an eye-catching design and spoke pattern, but does the performance match the looks?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Rolf Prima Ares4 ES wheels are a good pair of fairly lightweight, medium depth carbon all-rounders. They perform well on the flat but take them to the hills and they're a little out of their comfort zone.

Reasons to buy
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    Light weight considering the rim depth

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    Fast on the flat

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    Solid braking performance

Reasons to avoid
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    Handful in the hills

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    Concerns about durability on rough roads

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At 1,450g a pair on the Cycling Weekly scales without skewers, the Rolf Prima Ares4 ES wheels can't exactly be described as featherweights. However, given the 42mm rim depth can offer up some aero benefits, the sub-1,500g weight begins to sound a little more respectable.

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