Swiss Side Hadron Classic 485 wheelset review

These fast wheels can give you the aero gains you need at a lower cost than some top end options on the market

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Fast enough to win a TT, light enough to float over the climbs, but just lacking safety in the crosswinds - a fair price for a good value set of wheels.

Reasons to buy
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    Rapid wheelset

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    Low weight for versatile

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Reasons to avoid
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    Don't handle crosswinds well

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bearJoining the aero arms race can be a slippery slope, but wheel brand Swiss Side are offering some enticing options to reduce your drag.

The Hadron Classic 485 rim brake wheel set sit at the cheaper end of the scale available from the Swiss firm, but provide solid aero and weight benefits without dipping into the realms of unobtainable when it comes to cost.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.