S60 wheels review

SRAM S60 wheels
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Not only does the SRAM S60 reduce aerodynamic drag, with a proven, wind-tunnel tested, toroidal rim shape, but at the same time it's laterally very stiff, and torsionally too, at the rear. In other words, they don’t waste your precious power input. It all points towards one thing: going forward fast, and not uncomfortably either.

Reasons to buy
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    Sapim spokes

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    828g front and 922g rear, totalling 1,750g

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    Comfortable ride

Reasons to avoid
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    Available in clincher only

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SRAM’s wheel range is an inevitable offshoot from its recent acquisition of the Zipp brand, and as such you’ll spot more than a few similarities to Zipp’s ‘more affordable’ Flashpoint wheelsets.

Out of three possibilities, SRAM S40, S60 and S80, I chose to go with the ‘all-rounder’ middle option, SRAM S60, which has, as you can probably guess, a 60mm-deep rim profile, which is structural carbon, not a fairing. Sapim spokes are laced 18 radially in the front and 20 in the rear, radial on the drive side and two-crossed on the non. The front wheel weighs in at 828g and the rear 922g, totalling 1,750g — lighter than the Flashpoints because SRAM has added its own know-how to develop the original design.

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