Walker Brothers WideBoy 58mm wheels review
We've tested these wide, deep section carbon clincher wheels from UK brand Walker Brothers. How do they fare against the competition in the carbon clincher battlefield?
The Walker Brothers WideBoy 58mm wheels are Excellent deep section wheels with good braking and stability and very wide rim bed
Smooth rim-tyre interface
High tyre volume
Good in crosswinds
White lettering may look tatty over time
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We’ve been impressed with Walker Brothers’s wheels when we’ve reviewed them in the past. Now we have these Walker Brothers WideBoy 58mm wheels in for test. Not only are they deep, but they’re also wide with a 28mm outside cross-section to the rims and a 21mm internal width. This lends a very wide stance to 25mm tyres, giving a high air volume and also a very clean interface between the tyres and the rim, to reduce turbulence and improve airflow.
Walker Brothers says that the WideBoy range is designed for road bikes more than time trial bikes, where there may be clearance issues, so you need to check that your frame and brakes can cope with such a wide rim.
The rims of the Walker Brothers WideBoy 58mm wheels are quite flat sided, with a slight bulge outwards from the braking surface and they have a U-shaped section. Despite their depth, I found that they coped well with gusty crosswinds, although as you’d expect they are prone to a bit of buffeting. They are very stable when riding fast on the flat and on descents though.
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The braking surface incorporates basalt, which Walker Brothers says makes it stable up to 200ºC. It’s also very effective and I was impressed by the stopping power in the dry.
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The spokes are straight pull Sapim CX Ray, laced 20 front, 24 rear, with the rear non-drive side being radial and the drive side being two-crossed. The nipples are external, so wheel truing is a bit easier as it doesn’t require dismounting the tyre or rim tape.
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Hubs are made of carbon fibre. The rear hub incorporates four sealed steel bearings for extra longevity. Walker Brothers does not supply quick releases with its wheels, so you’ll need to buy these separately or repurpose some from an older wheelset, but it does provide rim tape and carbon-specific brake pads.
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The Walker Brothers logos are very large, very white and slightly raised. So I’d anticipate than over time they would probably begin to look a bit tatty, but this really is my only criticism of what is an excellent carbon clincher wheelset.
For more details visit the Walker Brothers website.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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