Black Inc Twenty wheelset
Black Inc's Twenty wheelset delivers stiffness that belies its unbelievable weight, or lack of, and the overall build quality and finish is exceptional. The price may look steep, but they're still competitive when it comes to value.
The gorgeous looking carbon fibre rim of Black Inc’s Twenty wheelset is just 18.5mm deep (20mm at the nipples), with a rim width of 28mm externally and 21mm internally. The rim is also tubeless.
Black Inc says that means they are optimised for 25-28mm tyres; a 28mm Panaracer tyre fitted for testing measured up at 28.7mm.
In their centre, the Twentys are sporting a Black Inc branded hub with CeramicSpeed bearings, and a freehub that is available in both Shimano HGR splined format or SRAM XDR. The bearings are super smooth, and there is an audible click when freewheeling.
As a larger, powerful rider, going sub-1,500g on wheels usually sees reviewer Stu Kerton be able to get a fair amount of lateral flex, especially at the rear. But despite this set weighing just 1,230g, verified by the road.cc Scales of Truth – and 10g lighter than Black Inc claims – there's no flex or give here.
They are just such a lovely set of wheels to ride: stiff, responsive, and a very noticeable drop in weight over pretty much any wheelset you are likely to be swapping out.
Overall, these are incredibly light, with stiffness to match – and they look the business too.