Swiss Side wheels arrive in UK

Three new sets of road wheels from Switzerland

by Mat Brett   April 11, 2012  

Road wheels from newly formed brand Swiss Side are now available in the UK through Synergy Action.

As the name suggests, Swiss Side are based in Switzerland, the company being run by former Formula 1 engineer Jean-Paul Ballard and industrial designer George Cant.

The range comprises just three models, all 700C clinchers.

The top model is called the Franc. The 27mm deep rim is made from 6066-T6 aluminium with CNC machined sidewalls. The hubs are CNCed with ceramic hybrid bearings (steel races, ceramic balls) and the cassette body is hard anodized. That cassette body is Shimano/SRAM compatible although you can buy a Campag model separately for another £30. The spokes are aero bladed with hidden nipples.

Swiss Side give the Franc’s weights as 693g (f) and 840g (r) – a total of 1,533g (without quick release skewers). Assuming that checks out, it’s about the same as a pair of Mavic Ksyrium Elites although we haven’t tried out the Swiss Side wheels so we can’t comment on their performance.

A pair of Francs will set you back £585. That includes QRs, rim tape, a padded double wheel bag, a computer magnet, replacement spokes and spoke adjustment tools.

The next model in the range is called the Heidi and it’s designed, as the name suggests, for the mountains. At £425 this wheelset is £160 cheaper than the Franc but just 6g heavier. Swiss Side’s wheel weights are 688g (f) and 851g (r) for a total weight of 1,539g.

This time the rims are 23mm deep and both the rims and the hub bodies are made from 6061-T6 aluminium. It runs on ceramic hybrid bearings and is laced up with Sapim CX straight-pull aero spokes. Again, you can go down the Campag route if you buy the freehub separately, and you get all the same extras as with the Francs except for the wheel bag.

The entry-level Swiss Side wheelset is the St Bernard. It comes with 27mm-deep 6066 aluminium rims, CNC-machined aluminium hub bodies, sealed steel bearings and Sapim Leader J-type spokes. With a claimed weight of 1,700g it’s not an especially light wheelset but you’re looking at £219 the pair.

That’s a wood effect finish on the St Bernard which we guess is going to be one of those love it or hate it designs.

All three of the Swiss Side models are available now and we’ll hopefully have some in for review shortly.

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there's a review on the Swiss Side website from someone who rode the francs for the 3 Peaks Cyclocross race, so they must be strong.

posted by jamjam [61 posts]
11th April 2012 - 15:36


St.Bernard? aint that a lumbering big dog which is used for rescuing people who walk up mountains in flip flops.. yep, strange name for a pair of wheels, but as you say its a marmite thing.

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posted by Fringe [1091 posts]
11th April 2012 - 16:36


these look nice and something different what with the St Bernards' fake-wood rims but are they any good ... hubs look nice too

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
12th April 2012 - 10:39


it's also a 2000+m pass between Switzerland and Italy (where the monastery where the dogs were bred is located).

posted by thebongolian [45 posts]
12th April 2012 - 12:19