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Halo Devaura 6D 700C wheelset

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£379.98

VERDICT:

7
10
A reasonable option for riders who enjoy flatter cycling, general commuters and those looking for a smooth, wind-cheating ride
Weight: 
1,695g

Offering a smooth performance with some aero benefits thrown in, Halo's £379.98 Devaura 6D 700C training wheelset is ideal for calmer winter days.

With a 24mm rim width, these wheels can take anything up to a 28mm tyre, much like their non-aero sister wheelset, the Evaura. That means you get all the benefits of a smooth ride, even with a hard, puncture-resistant set of winter tyres fitted, such as my set of Continental Gatorskins.

Halo Devaura 6D 700c Wheelset - rim bed

Road buzz is kept to a minimum, which serves to further boost ride comfort. You've also got the option of going with tubeless tyres with the Devauras, thanks to the supplied tape, but I'd always go with clinchers during the winter because it's so much easier to fix a flat.

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The aero aspect comes from a 31mm rim depth (the Evauras come in at 9mm less), which helps cut through the air and does give a sizeable benefit on flat roads. You can really tell the difference, compared with a non-aero wheelset, especially when you want to maintain a speed of 30kph-plus.

Halo Devaura 6D 700c Wheelset - rim detail

The downside of the deeper rims are when you encounter crosswinds. The fact that the Devauras are only 31mm and therefore not 'deep' does mean you're not too susceptible to gusts, although when you have a constant wind to deal with, you can certainly feel the wheels catching and gently pushing you sideways.

This, I suspect, is compounded by the bladed steel spokes; while they contribute to cutting through the air as the wheel spins, they increase the side profile of the wheelset as a whole. Incidentally, those spokes come in a straight laced format on the front (20 of them), and 24 with 16/8 lacing on the rear. Both are attached to sealed bearing hubs, of which the rear gives a solid-sounding click on freewheeling.

Halo Devaura 6D 700c Wheelset - rear hub

Braking performance is solid, if unspectacular, served up via an alloy rim with a CNC braking surface. Braking power is good in general, although in wet conditions I found that the rims lost slightly more feel than I've come across before. It's not alarming, though, and there's still enough power to deal with sensible riding in inclement weather.

Halo Devaura 6D 700c Wheelset - front hub

One of the most striking things about the Devauras I had on test were the nipples, machined in an anodised red colour. Originally I wasn't sure, but after a few weeks with them on my white Specialized Allez I thought they sat very well.

The wheels also wear dirt and grime very well (if washing your bike after every use isn't your thing!), and clean up like new. And if you don't want black, they come in red or white too.

The Devauras run natively with 11-speed drivetrains, but also have a spacer to extend usage to older 9 or 10-speed groupsets, across the range of Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. I run my Allez with a 9-speed Shimano Sora groupset and I had absolutely no complaints at all. Well, except that, as with the Evauras, they come without a quick release, or indeed a skewer of any kind.

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If the Evauras are reckoned lightweight at 1,573g, then I must say the Devauras are too – coming in at 1695g for the pair (minus skewers). Yes, they are heavier than their counterparts, owing to the 31mm-section rims, but that's the price you pay. That does limit their climbing ability, and I also found them less responsive than my usual workhorse wheels, a pair of Mavic Aksiums. It's possibly unkind to call them sluggish, but because I do a lot of climbing on my commutes and am therefore exposed to that characteristic, that's how I tend to feel about them.

All in all, these wheels largely match up to their Evaura counterparts – except with greater aero efficiency at a slight weight penalty and, I think, less responsiveness. But if you want a winter training wheelset for predominantly flat riding, the Devauras are a good, solid option.

Verdict

A reasonable option for riders who enjoy flatter cycling, general commuters and those looking for a smooth, wind-cheating ride

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Halo Devaura 6D 700C wheelset

Size tested: 700C, 31mm deep, 24mm wide

Tell us what the product 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?

Halo says the Devauras feature:

"Lightweight 24mm wide clincher with a wind cheating 31mm aero profile section, laced with black double butted bladed spokes and red alloy nipples. 20H radial front, 24H 2:1 (16/8E) rear spoke lacing for enhanced lateral rigidity. 11spd Shimano/Sram or Campagnola compatible. Spacers available to convert to 9 or 10spd."

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

Specifications:

- T10 super alloy sleeved rim with CNC brake surface.

- 24mm wide x 31mm deep.

- Tubeless-ready, supplied pre-taped.

- Black stainless steel double butted bladed spokes.

- Front hub - 20H straight pull, sealed bearings.

- Rear hub - 24H (2:1) 2x lacing, sealed bearings, 6 pawl, 30t engagement.

Weights:

Front - 710g

Rear - 915g

Pair - 1625g

Colours:

Available in Black or Red anodised, or White powder coated.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

They're rock solid – I can easily see them lasting multiple winters as long as you clean at least the braking surface.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Good aero performance and rolling efficiency on the flat, but for me they fall slightly short for responsiveness and climbing ability. For everyday riding, though, they're perfectly fine.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

No complaints at all.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

At 1695g for the pair (minus skewers), they're not heavy. Bear in mind a greater proportion of the weight is inevitably in the 31mm rim, which does affect responsiveness somewhat.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

Road buzz and bumps are dealt with well – you can rely upon these not to exhaust you over a 100km-plus ride.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

The build quality leads me to believe the Devauras will last well, so £380 for the pair isn't bad value, especially if your riding is generally flat.

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

Overall, they're solid performers.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The lack of rolling resistance – it really does kick in at 30kph and higher, leading to enjoyable tempo riding.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Slight susceptibility to crosswinds, as well as a lack of responsiveness when accelerating on climbs.

Did you enjoy using the product? For the most part, yes.

Would you consider buying the product? No – I like a responsive and lightweight wheelset so I'd choose the Evauras given the choice.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, depending on their requirements.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 25  Height: 188cm  Weight: 83kg

I usually ride: Specialized Allez Sport  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding

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