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How a carbon wheel is made + video

Short vid from Pro-Lite shows you what's involved in making a carbon clincher

If you’ve ever wondered how a carbon wheel is made – or even if you haven’t, come to that – here’s a quick video from Pro-Lite that shows you.

The wheel is made using Pro-Lite’s high-pressure vacuum forming machine, but it’s a more labour-intensive process than you might imagine.

The wheel in question is Pro-Lite’s Bracciano Caliente. It’s a 45mm-deep, 22mm-wide aero carbon clincher rim laced to a Bracciano hub. The carbon used is Toray T700 and Pro-Lite say that the rim profile provides improved heat resistance.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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