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Verdict: 
Great value and performance from these future-proofed 700C all-purpose disc brake wheels
Weight: 
1,650g
Pro-Lite Revo A21W Centerlock disc brake wheelset
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Road disc and gravel wheels are getting better, lighter and cheaper, and right at the forefront of that trend are the Pro-Lite Revo A21s. At 1,650g, with a Centerlock option, thru-axle compatibility and a wide track rim, they're a bargain at £349.99, and pretty future-proof too. (Check out the video here.) 

Pro-Lite builds all its wheels by hand and the Revos arrived nice and true, with even spoke tension. The spokes are bladed and triple butted, and Pro-Lite uses a brass washer at the spoke head to better distribute the forces there. 

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The Revos use a 21mm deep rim (hence the name), which is 23.8mm wide externally and 19mm internally. That makes it ideal for 28-32mm tyres, although 25mm rubber and bigger chamber tyres will be fine too.

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - spokes.jpg

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - spokes.jpg

It's tubeless-compatible, too. You don't get the rim strips and valves with the wheelset but once you have them it's a simple enough job and I had no trouble fitting the tyres I tried (30mm Schwalbe S-Ones and 35mm G-Ones). Mostly I used the wheels tubeless. Road tubeless has been waiting in the wings for a while but the new tyres and sealants that are popping up in 2016 are likely to give it a boost, so it's great that the Revos are ready.

They're ready for thru-axles too. The wheels come bundled with decent external-cam quick releases, but also a kit to swap to thru-axles front and rear. For the 15mm front caps it's just a case of popping off the end caps and replacing them; at the back you need to replace the whole axle, but it's a simple enough job. Our wheels didn't come with the newer 12mm front axle end caps but they will be available too. That's you fairly well future-proofed if you're thinking of buying another frame.

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - hub.jpg

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - hub.jpg

The wheels we tested also came with Shimano's Centerlock disc mount. The Revos are available in 6-bolt configuration, but Centerlock is set to take over in my opinion, because it's just better.

I fitted the Pro-Lites to my Kinesis Tripster ATR, in place of a set of Zipp 30 Course wheels. They're very similar in many regards: the weights are within 20g of each other, and the rims have a similar profile (although the Zipps are 2mm wider internally). Both are solidly built and have plenty of lateral stiffness.

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - rim bed.jpg

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - rim bed.jpg

I was pretty impressed with the Zipps, the only really stumbling block was the £800 price. These Revos don't look quite as classy but to all intents and purposes you're getting comparable performance, and they're just £350.

I've used them for faster road riding with 30mm tyres, and lane bashing and a bit of off-road on 35mm rubber, and they've been excellent. They're a really good all-round option, solid enough to cope with some abuse without being over-heavy – 1,600g is probably the sweet spot for an all-purpose alloy road disc wheel in that regard, so they're right in the zone.

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They've worn well. The hubs use sealed EZO bearings (two at the front, four at the rear) that have stayed smooth, and the freehub has survived some dousings with no issues. This is alloy, and there's no anti-bite strip so there's a bit of notching on the splines now, but it's no worse than others I've used. Make sure you do your cassette up nice and tight.

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - rear hub.jpg

Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset - rear hub.jpg

I have very little negative to say about these Pro-Lites, really. If you're looking for a future-proof set of wheels for a new road disc/gravel/cross build then these are an excellent choice, and they're also a highly recommended upgrade if your bike came with heavy stock wheels, or you're looking to convert to tubeless. The shouty graphics might put a few people off but the performance certainly won't.

Verdict

Great value and performance from these future-proofed 700C all-purpose disc brake wheels

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pro-Lite Revo A21 Disc Clincher Wheelset

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the wheel is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Pro-Lite says: "Coming in either 6 bolt ISO or Center lock disc settings, or run an adapter on the center lock hub to give you the best of both worlds. Running super smooth Japanese EZO bearings and a tubeless ready rim. With interchangeable axles (135mm and 142mm), these wheels will keep up with current specs now and to come"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the wheel?

ETRTO: 19-622

Rim Type: 21mm Sleeved 6061 Clincher

Rim Finish: Anodized Black Spokes 28 32

Spokes: Triple Butted 2.2mm Aero Sandvik Stainless Steel

Lacing: 3-Cross

Freehub Material: Alloy

Rate the wheel for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Handbuilt to a high standard from good components.

Rate the wheel for performance:
 
9/10

Really nice wheels to use, easy to run tubeless, stayed true throughout testing.

Rate the wheel for durability:
 
8/10

Wearing well. Some notching in the freehub.

Rate the wheel for weight
 
9/10

For the money, really good.

Rate the wheel for value:
 
10/10

Can't fault the value here.

Did the wheels stay true? Any issues with spoke tension?

Tension was even, wheels stayed true.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

Pretty easy, including tubeless.

How did the wheel extras (eg skewers and rim tape) perform?

Skewers are good, swapping axle caps is easy.

Tell us how the wheel performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

Well built, good profile, light for the money.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the wheel? Yes

Would you consider buying the wheel? Yes

Would you recommend the wheel to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

These wheels put in an excellent performance.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 189cm  Weight: 92kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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I bought two pairs of these a few weeks back. There's a review out there on the web somewhere.

Very good quality. I have them on my CX and Commuter. I'll probably go tubeless on the CX as I have some Schwalbe G-One incoming.

Best thing was I managed to get each pair for £160. 

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Butty [200 posts] 1 year ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

I bought two pairs of these a few weeks back. There's a review out there on the web somewhere.

Very good quality. I have them on my CX and Commuter. I'll probably go tubeless on the CX as I have some Schwalbe G-One incoming.

Best thing was I managed to get each pair for £160. 

Don't be a tease. Where did you get them from?

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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I got Wiggle to price match another place. But that other place don't have them now. Shame.

Anyway, I wouldn't hesitate on these. They are excellent, as long as you like the look. Should last ages. Good spoke count IMO as well, no need for 20/24 for the use they are likely to be put to.

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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http://www.wiggle.co.uk/pro-lite-revo-a21-alloy-road-disc-brake-wheelset/

 

First review there has somewhere to price match. no idea if same wheels mind. 

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The _Kaner [1122 posts] 1 year ago
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6 bolt version on Ribble for €206. These are not the A21W version though!

25mm deep and only 14mm wide, with standard 9mm QRs only.

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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The _Kaner wrote:

6 bolt version on Ribble for €206. These are not the A21W version though!

25mm deep and only 14mm wide, with standard 9mm QRs only.

And much much heavier. 

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wycombewheeler [1100 posts] 1 year ago
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where can I get the centerlock version, I can only find them on wiggle and then only 6 bolt option

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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wycombewheeler wrote:

where can I get the centerlock version, I can only find them on wiggle and then only 6 bolt option

Drop these guys a message

http://www.nrg4cycling.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&search=revo...

Or just get a) new rotors or b) a 6 bolt to centrelock adapter

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hotweathercyclist [30 posts] 1 year ago
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Joytech hubs on A-rims with Pillar spokes, hand built with alloy nipples that will break. 

I would just stear clear of these, better of with some Kinessis

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RoboRider21 [22 posts] 1 year ago
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Great read and value for money.

I just contacted the UK Distributor Nrg4 Cycling through there website here 

http://www.nrg4cycling.co.uk/index.php?route=information/contact

 

Very nice chap came back to me promptly and explained that they have exclusivity on the centrelock version and Wiggle have the heavier 6 bolt version.

 

They have pointed me in the direction of my nearest dealer and I have them arriving hopefully before the weekend.

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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hotweathercyclist wrote:

Joytech hubs on A-rims with Pillar spokes, hand built with alloy nipples that will break. 

I would just stear clear of these, better of with some Kinessis

Joytech as in Novatec? The guys who've built the hubs for wheels I've used for over 10,000 miles? That joytech? The ones that are rated by even the good wheel builders?

Pillar spokes? The ones made by Sanvik for them? Similar ones being used by Hunt for their wheels? 

What will break? the hubs, rims or alloy nipples? 

Why are they better than the Kinesis with their Chosen hubs (probably) that are for all intents and purposes the same as a Novatec one? The ones with pillar spokes and alloy nipples? 

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RoboRider21 [22 posts] 1 year ago
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wycombewheeler wrote:

where can I get the centerlock version, I can only find them on wiggle and then only 6 bolt option

 

UK Distributor can help

http://www.nrg4cycling.co.uk/index.php?route=information/contact

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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themartincox [553 posts] 1 year ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

I got Wiggle to price match another place. But that other place don't have them now. Shame.

 

why didn't you just buy them from the other place?

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bendertherobot [1435 posts] 1 year ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

I got Wiggle to price match another place. But that other place don't have them now. Shame.

 

why didn't you just buy them from the other place?

 

Prefer Wiggle's return policy, back up and their use of Collect+

Ditto this week when they price matched some Schwalbe G-One's from Bike24.

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RoboRider21 [22 posts] 1 year ago
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Great wheels these, very happy with mine.

 

Just seen that this centrelock version are available here for a good price too.

 

http://www.absolute-cycles.com/index.php/pro-lite-revo-a21-disc-brake-ro...

 

 

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m1g [1 post] 2 weeks ago
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Can I use these on the GT Grade AL tiagra, that has the 6 bolt disc brakes and standard quick release axels? (Or; what do I need to make it work...? Can I use a centre disc as is on the bike, as long as there is a rotor on the wheel?)