Austrian brand Airstreeem have revealed their 2014 wheel lineup which they say is their most groundbreaking to date.
The wheels in the Carbon Aero Series feature a nano-coating on the braking surfaces that Airstreeem say is unique. This coating, they claim, results in shorter braking distances and improved heat dissipation compared to other wheels on the market. We’ve not used Airstreeem wheels here on road.cc so we can’t comment on the effectiveness, but Airstreeem report that the coating provides:
• A wheel braking temperature of 90°C when braking from 37mph – 173°C less than standard carbon fibre (obviously in standardised conditions).
• A stopping distance in the wet that is 33m less than standard carbon fibre from a speed of 37mph (again, in standardised conditions).
As the name suggests, the new Carbon Aero 50 Clinchers are 50mm deep. They’re 24.5mm wide and Airstreeem give a weight of 1,430g (680g front, 750g rear). While we’re on the stats, there’s a maximum rider weight limit of 90kg (14st 2lb) here. The hubs are Airstreeem’s own while the spokes are very highly respected CX-Rays from Sapim – the straight-pull variety. These are designed to be competition wheels and they’re priced at £1,499 the pair.
The tubular version (£1,199) is a little lighter, as usual, Airstreeem giving the weights at 580g (f) and 750g (r) – a total of 1,330g. The maximum user weight is higher at 100kg (15st 10lb).
The Carbon Aero 50 Superlight tubulars are the same in rim dimensions, and they use the same hub and spokes, but they’re lighter. Essentially, Airstreeem use less carbon here. Airstreeem quote weights of 540g (f) and 680g (r), giving a total wheelset weight of just 1,220g. Like the clinchers, they’re priced at £1,499.
It’s not all carbon, though: Airstreeem have four aluminium clincher models including the £499 AL20 Black Edition wheelset. These come with 20mm-deep alloy rims, Airstreeem’s own hubs and Sapim spokes. Intended as training wheels, they’re reasonably light at 1,420g (630g f, 790g r)
Airstreeem products are hand-assembled in Austria and the new wheel range is covered by Airstreeem’s two-year crash replacement service. All of these wheels will be available in December at www.airstreeem.co.uk.
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 road.cc 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.