Campagnolo Bora Ultra WTO 45 Disc Brake wheelset
These Ultra versions of Campagnolo's already really good WTO wheels come with a significantly higher price tag and also, thankfully, some impressive tech that makes them fun to talk about on the club run and great to ride.
The wheels weigh in at just 1,420g, are 45mm deep and are very, very stiff, which results in an impressively quick ride feel. The wheels pick up speed very easily and you can roll along at a good lick, too.
On the flat they're not the fastest – a deeper wheel will still roll along at speed for a bit less effort – but for mixed terrain, these are the better pick as they feel fast on more than just flat roads.
It's on the climbs where the Bora Ultras really shine. Here, the wheels roll effortlessly, and should you fancy clicking up a few gears to give it the beans on the final stretch, the wheels respond with instant acceleration.
Those hills often lead to a descent, and again I found the Bora Ultras to be brilliant. You can really throw the bike through tight corners, and a quick transfer between bends just brings more fun.
The wheels are exceptionally well finished which goes some way to justifying the price tag, but it is a case of diminishing returns in terms of performance. These are lovely wheels to ride and look at, you just need to approach with deep pockets.