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Reynolds Stratus Pro Disc Brake wheelset



Light, nippy and solidly built road disc brake wheelset, at a fair price for what they are

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Reynolds' Stratus Pro Disc wheels feel nippy and stand up admirably to all sorts of abuse. They're a good bet if you're looking for a set of disc brake wheels for the road with the odd bit of cyclo-cross thrown in.

The Stratus Pros are the 'basic' model in Reynolds' road disc brake range, weighing in at 1,630g for the pair and with more than acceptable specs: a rim designed with computational fluid dynamics for an aero profile, 24 double-butted spokes front and rear in a two-cross pattern, and – with the ones we had on test – hubs that take six-bolt disc rotors, though we've been told that the latest models have a centre-lock disc mount. The wheelset comes with conventional quick-release levers, but everything you need for 15mm (and soon also 12mm) front axles and 142x12mm rears can be bought separately.

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The rim is 28mm deep, with an external width of 21mm and internal width of 17mm; that's wide-ish but not overly so. To put it into context, Mavic Open Pro rims are 14mm internally, while the Reynolds ATR wheelset Dave tested recently is wider at 21mm (the same as the ubiquitous Stan's Crest rim).

Reynolds Stratus Pro disc brake wheelset - rim detail

As a road wheelset, these are likely to be fitted with 25-30mm tyres, but larger sizes would work too. Having said that, for cyclo-cross, where tyres should be 33mm wide, these rims are a bit narrow – both (tubeless) tyres I tried worked better for me on wider rims, providing more grip in corners at the same pressures.

The Stratus Pros are tubeless ready, and come with tubeless rim tape and valves. As the test pair didn't come with valves and I had a little mishap with the rim tape, I opted for electrical tape, but I'm happy to report that worked just fine. The American Classic tubeless valves I tried were a bit wide, making it tricky to fit tyres between the rim and the valve. Stan's tubeless valves worked much better, and I expect the valves supplied will work just fine.

Reynolds Stratus Pro disc brake wheelset - rim bed

I fitted three different cyclo-cross tyres relatively easily with a couple of wraps of tape: Vittoria Cross XG Pro TNTs, Bontrager CX3s and Michelin Cyclocross Mud 2s. The latter are not actually a tubeless tyre (I've read that they convert to tubeless relatively easily, so thought I'd give it a go) and I reckon the rear tyre blowout I experienced after a particularly keen attempt at jumping a log in the woods can't be blamed on the wheels.

I also fitted Schwalbe Pro Ones in 28mm (review to come), which needed a couple more wraps of tape to build up the diameter, making the beads on the tyre fit tighter. I am lucky enough to have access to a compressor, which makes mounting tubeless tyres a little easier. I don't think any of these combinations would have gone up with a track pump, but you should be fine with a CO2 inflator.

The wheels also worked fine with Continental Grand Prix 4 Season clinchers, again in 28mm.

So, shod in rubber and pumped up, how do they fare? Exactly as you'd expect from a pair of wheels made by Reynolds that weigh a touch over 1,600g. They're no slouches, and while they're not the lightest, they spin up quickly and, importantly, feel good. They're stiff without being jarring and have stood up to what I've thrown them at.

Reynolds Stratus Pro disc brake wheelset - rear hub

That includes lanes, rough and smooth roads, and more than a few cyclo-cross races and other off-road jaunts. On the wheelstand, they are still as true as the day they arrived, and the finish on the rims looks surprisingly good after what they've been through. Jez reported that the logos came off the Reynolds Assault SLGs he reviewed in 2014; none of that on these.

Reynolds Stratus Pro disc brake wheelset - front hub

When I first got them I thought they were a bit expensive for a pair of wheels that are light, but not that light. Turns out my expectations needed adjusting. If you look at the disc brake-ready wheels we've reviewed recently, like the Reynolds ATR and Assault SLGs and the Zipp 30 Courses, they are all round about the same weight and range from a little more expensive to a lot more expensive. Kinesis CX Disc wheels are quite a bit cheaper, but are also a not insignificant 150g heavier.

> Tubeless, clincher, aero, disc brake... check out our guide to the best road bike wheels here

In summary, I reckon these are really good as a road wheelset, and will be more than adequate for the occasional bit of cyclo-cross. They have proved really quite durable, and get a thumbs-up as far as I'm concerned.

And if anything does go wrong, Reynolds' lifetime crash replacement programme covers all its wheels. No subscription necessary, you can buy a replacement wheel at a serious discount in case of mishaps. It also offers the Reynolds Assurance Program – a no-questions-asked repair or replacement programme for your wheels, no matter how they were damaged – for €189 per year, though sadly this covers carbon-rimmed wheels only.


Light, nippy and solidly built road disc brake wheelset, at a fair price for what they are test report

Make and model: Reynolds Stratus Pro Disc Brake wheelset

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the wheel 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?

Reynolds says: "The Stratus Pro Disc is Reynolds' premier aluminum disc brake specific road wheel offering. It gives you the point-and-shoot control of disc brakes and couples it with a lightweight, tubeless-ready 6061-alloy rim for a wheel set that has the versatility to ride however you like. No matter your discipline, this wheel can do it all."

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

Rim Material: Alloy

Weight: Clincher Set: 1595g

Width: External: 21.00 mm , Internal: 17.00 mm

Rim Depth: 28.00 mm

Braking: Disc Brake

Design: Computational Fluid Dynamics: maximized Aerodynamic profile

Spokes: 24 front / 24 rear

Spoke Pattern: Front: 2X Rear Non Drive: 2X Rear Drive: 2X

Spoke Material: Double Butted Stainless Steel

Spoke Shape: Bladed

Nipples: External 2.0 Alloy

Hub: Straight-pull SS

Wheel Bag: No

Compatibility: Shimano / SRAM / Campagnolo

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Did the wheels stay true? Any issues with spoke tension?

Yep, no problems at all.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

Clincher tyres fitted fine, some tubeless combinations worked better than others, but they all went up eventually.

How did the wheel extras (eg skewers and rim tape) perform?


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

These have stood up admirably to bad weather on the road, and cyclo-cross style mud and bumps. They feel light and accelerate well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

They're lovely to ride.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

Nothing springs to mind.

Did you enjoy using the wheel? Yes

Would you consider buying the wheel? Yes

Would you recommend the wheel to a friend? Yes

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A decent and solidly built set of wheels. If you're in the market for a set of lightweight, dependable road disc brake wheels that won't break the bank, then these should be on your shortlist.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cannondale CAAD10

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking

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Iwein Dekoninck | 8 years ago

@KiwiMike £8 an end, not very much in the grand scheme of things.

KiwiMike | 8 years ago

Iwein, what's the price to get the through-axle options?

Iwein Dekoninck | 8 years ago

@Gasman Jim Either you had a case of bad luck, or I had a case of good luck. I weigh about 80kg and I've not gone easy on these, having used them on grotty lanes and for a fair few cyclocross races and training sessions. 

Iwein Dekoninck | 8 years ago

Are the Cosines tubeless ready? Doesn't look like it from the Wiggle description. That's one fairly major difference.

abusivemonk replied to Iwein Dekoninck | 8 years ago
Iwein Dekoninck wrote:

Are the Cosines tubeless ready? Doesn't look like it from the Wiggle description. That's one fairly major difference.

Will strip them down and let you know

abusivemonk | 8 years ago

These are a similar weight to the Wiggle owned Cosine disc braked wheelset. Only difference seems to be that the Cosine ones are available for £180. I have a set and they are amazing value for money, and I'd say outperform some £500 wheels. Any chance of a review Possibly my best ever upgrade for the money

Gasman Jim | 8 years ago
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I used a pair of these on my wet weather / winter bike last year.

They're not bad, but you obviously had better luck with them than I did. Mine needed a fairly hefty truing session after about 200 miles of use, and the front hub also needed new cartridge bearings after about 600 miles. I only used them on the road and I only weigh about 71kg!

The other disappointment I had concerned the spec. When I ordered them Reynolds' stated they had bladed spokes, but when they arrived they actually had conventional round spokes. No big deal, I know, but I still felt a little short changed.

They did feel quick compared to what I was using before; Mavic Open Pros on Hope hubs with 32 spokes! Above about 20mph the Stratos Pros felt as if they had a drop in drag!

About two months ago I sold them and switched to Mavic Ksyrium Disc Pros. These haven't needed any attention in over 500 miles, they're about 100g lighter, have fewer spokes, the bearing preload can be adjusted, they're definitely stiffer, and feel faster too, although they are a little more expensive.

If you're choosing between the two, I'd say take the Mavics.

Ogi | 8 years ago
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Hunt Aero Disc wheels kill these wheels. LIghter (1469g) and cheaper, with 28mm depth.

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