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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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road.cc 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
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
Use this box to explain your score
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.
About the tester
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