5 of the best lightweight carbon bike wheels

A decent set of lightweight bike wheels will make your bike feel like new… and get you up that hill a little bit faster. Take a look at some of the best on offer below.

Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset

Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset

What they say

The Prime RP-38 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset is the perfect partner for those looking a wheelset to cover any situation, on any terrain. With a 38mm deep aero rim profile, you will enjoy increased speed for less physical input by increasing the aerodynamic benefits across a wide range of yaw angles.

Key specifications

  • T700 UD carbon fibre rim section
  • Prime U profile for enhanced aerodynamics and predictable handling in crosswinds
  • Tubeless ready
  • Prime Carbon Pro brake pads
  • Rim Width: 25mm wide (16.5mm internal rim width)
  • Weight: 1,435g

Our verdict

At 1435g, these 38mm deep carbon clinchers are very light and compete with more expensive wheelsets. The width and height will suit most conditions and have an aero benefit. Tubeless ready is also plus.

Where to buy

Price

£728.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Clincher Disc Wheelset

Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Clincher Disc Wheelset

What they say

The Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL C Disc brings the benefits of a superlight carbon clincher wheel to the world of road disc bikes. Whether your bike’s designed for long distance adventure or fast climbing, the Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL C Disc is the best way to add to its ability.

Key specifications

  • 1520 grams only
  • Superlight carbon rim
  • Superlight Instant Drive 360 hub
  • Wide rim for improved tyre support
  • 25 mm deep rim dampens road vibrations

Our verdict

A very solid set of wheels that come in at 1520g. Not bad for a disc wheelset.

Where to buy

Price

£1,149.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Reynolds Attack Clincher Tubeless Road Wheelset

Reynolds Attack Clincher Tubeless Road Wheelset

What they say

The lightest and shallowest wheel in the Performance line, it is designed to do exactly as it’s name implies, attack, especially when the road points skyward. The ATTACK offers a tubeless-ready 25mm cross section to support the trend toward wider tires, ensuring a better tire profile and a more supple ride. Weighing in at a scant 1,365g, this precision carbon wheel set is more than light; it’s stiff, responsive and an absolute joy to ride.

Key specifications

  • Weight: 1365g
  • Width: External: 25 mm , Internal: 17 mm
  • Rim Depth: 29 mm
  • Hub: Reynolds Cycling Racing Straight-Pull Hub
  • Compability: Shimano / SRAM / Campagnolo

Our verdict

This is one for the climbers out there. 1365g and 29mm deep. Perfect for days out in the hills. Reynolds wheels are highly thought of as some of the best around.

Where to buy

Price

£1,124.99

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.

Zipp 303 Clincher 700C Wheelset

Zipp 303 Clincher 700C Wheelset

What they say

The 303 Clincher 700C Wheelset 2016 from Zipp is designed for higher standards. It features the best-in-class 77/177 hub set with improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed built onto a wider rims which provides extra durability, and improved aerodynamics. The hubs also features optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim CX Sprint spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness.

Key specifications

  • Carbon Clincher rim with dimpled surface. 45mm deep, 28.5mm wide
  • Zipp 77 and 177 hubs
  • Sapim CX-Sprint spokes with Sapim external nipples
  • 11-Speed compatible Shimano or Campagnolo

Our verdict

The Zipp 303’s are some of the best all-round wheels on the market. At 45mm deep, they’ll be great over all terrains whilst still being aero.

Where to buy

Price

£1479.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

ENVE 2.2 SES Clincher Road Wheelset

ENVE 2.2 SES Clincher Road Wheelset

What they say

The Smart Enve System 2.2 is the ultimate climbing wheel, offering aerodynamic properties that refine stability in even the most extreme wind and weather conditions. The SES 2.2s underwent in-frame development in the Mercedes GP-Petronas wind tunnel to perfect the shape of the rim, the results are truly exceptional.

Key specifications

  • Material: Carbon Fibre
  • Rim Depth: Front 25mm / Rear 25mm
  • Weight (Set): 1328 grams
  • Rim Weight: Front 281 grams / Rear 281 grams
  • Recommended Tyre Size: 25mm

Our verdict

Looking for some of the best wheels money can buy, then check out these Enve’s. Incredibly light and wide. Designed around 25mm tyres for extra comfort and grip, these are highly recommended. The only downside is the high price tag!

Where to buy

Price

£3100.00

Price correct at time of publishing.