review

Vision Team 35 Wheelset

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£229.95

VERDICT:

8
10
Smooth rolling, knock-taking set of entry-level racing wheels that perform better than their weight would suggest
Weight: 
1,820g

Vision's Team 35s are competent and durable entry-level race wheels, with the added bonus of being very comfortable for a set of semi-deep-section alloy clinchers. The black anodised finish gives them a cool stealth look too.

The Team 35s are a revamped version of Vision's long-standing T35 model, and with a recommended retail price of £229.95 they sit right at that level of a first serious performance upgrade for a lot of bikes.

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At first glance they seem a bit porky at 1,820g, especially considering the quoted weight is some 100g less than that, but the good thing is they never feel sluggish out on the road. You notice it a little if things get really steep or you ask for some rapid acceleration from a standing start, so if you're searching for a climber's set of wheels, look elsewhere.

Otherwise, the Team 35s are hard to knock. Considering the depth of the alloy rim, you'd expect them to feel harsh, but they don't – something that can affect others, such as Miche's Alturs and Campagnolo Scirocco 35s, which feel much more buzzy over rough terrain with the same tyres and pressure.

Vision Team 35 Wheelset - rim detail.jpg

The Visions have a wider rim than was the norm on road wheels a few years ago, with an internal measurement of 18.9mm and 23.7mm externally. This gives the 23mm wide Pro-Lite tyres I was using a more rounded profile, measuring in at 25.3mm from sidewall to sidewall, which gives a minutely larger footprint for a bit more grip and added comfort.

Vision Team 35 Wheelset - rim bed.jpg

Getting tyres to fit onto that wider rim brings up no issues whatsoever, popping on with just finger pressure.

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The rim itself has a CNC (computer numerical control) machined braking surface which, once the anodising has been scratched off by the pads – a hilly 40-mile ride should do it – offers smooth and controllable braking.

The hubs are also precision machined and are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings. The test period saw a fair few wet miles, but giving them a bit of a strip down I couldn't see any water ingress or grit, so it's fair to say they should make pretty good winter training wheels too.

The freehub on the rear uses a steel body, which is nice to see as softer alloy ones tend to get 'eaten' by the forces put through the cassette. There are a few notches on the body after 400 miles, but the sprockets slide on and off without issue.

Vision Team 35 Wheelset - rear hub.jpg

While we're on the subject of the freehub body, it's worth mentioning that there is only a Shimano/SRAM compatible version. The wheels also come supplied with a spacer ring in case you aren't using 11-speed.

As for spoke patterns, we're looking at radial lacing at the front (16 aero spokes), and a 2:1 pattern at the rear (21 aero spokes), with each wheel being handbuilt rather than by machine. The tensions felt equal all round, and there was none of that pinging you get as the spokes settle.

Vision Team 35 Wheelset - front hub.jpg

To aid durability, the spoke drillings on the rear rim are asymmetric – off centre slightly for the drive side to ease the massive amount of dishing required for an 11-speed wheel.

It all adds up to a very strong set of wheels, which stayed perfectly true throughout the test period.

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In terms of value for money, the Visions aren't bad. They're £70 cheaper than the previously mentioned Miche Alturs, a wheelset I regard quite highly, with only a 40g weight penalty. The Team 35s are well built, durable and, as I said earlier, surprisingly comfortable for such a deep rim, all of which comes together to help justify that price tag.

Overall, they're a great set of wheels for general fitness riding and training, and not too shabby weight-wise for racing, especially if the course is vertically challenged. Durability is great, and the overall finish seems pretty hardwearing.

Verdict

Smooth rolling, knock-taking set of entry-level racing wheels that perform better than their weight would suggest

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Vision Team 35 Wheelset

Size tested: 700C, 35mm deep

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?

Vision says: "Our Team components represent high performance and value for money. The all-alloy Team35 wheelset shares many features of our high-end wheelsets, including: aero bladed spokes, an asymmetric 2:1 rear lacing pattern, CNC machined braking surfaces, sealed cartridge bearings and hand-built quality. 35mm deep alloy clincher rims give aerodynamic benefits without an excessive weight penalty. CNC machined alloy hubs are durable and smooth-running. The Team35 is only available for Shimano 10/11spd cassettes and is an excellent training or entry-level racing wheelset."

The Vision Team 35 wheels feel very comfortable for a deep-section alloy rim and they roll smoothly too, contradicting their weight on the scales.

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

FEATURES

''Alloy 35mm deep clincher rim - CNC bracking surfaces

''CNC machined aluminum hubs

''6 sealed cartridge bearings

''Aero bladed spokes

''Artisanal built, entirely by hand

''Includes QR and rim tape

''Rims – sandblasted black anodized (The black braking surface is an aesthetic finishing, it will change color during use)

''Front and Rear hubs – black anodized

''Spokes – black

''Color graphics options – gray

SPECS

'' Alloy free-hub body for Shimano 10-11sp

'' Spokes (F/R): 16 radial front wheel; 21 rear wheel, 14 cross 3 drive side and 7 radial non drive side (2:1 Ratio)

Rate the wheel for quality of construction:
 
8/10

The Team 35s feel very robust in use and there was no pinging of spoke tensions in the early miles, plus they stood up well to lots of wet and gritty rides.

Rate the wheel for performance:
 
7/10

They suffer a bit under acceleration because of their rotational weight but the Team 35s roll really nicely and absorb a lot of road noise. No issues with stiffness either when really stamping on the pedals.

Rate the wheel for durability:
 
8/10

They stand up to knocks well, remaining true throughout the test period.

Rate the wheel for weight
 
7/10

1,820g seems pretty good for a wheel of this type, and unless you spend a lot of time in the hills they don't seem to feel heavy.

Rate the wheel for value:
 
6/10

A pretty fair price when compared against the likes of Campagnolo's Scirocco 35, a wheelset that is a little lighter than the Team 35 but offers a similar ride feeling and quality.

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

No issues whatsoever.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

Various 23 and 25mm tyres from different brands saw no issues whatsoever.

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

Rim tape was already fitted when the wheels arrived and it performed without issue. The skewers are a simple cam lock design which did the job, plus you get a freehub spacer for 9/10-speed systems.

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

Vision touts the Team 35s as a good training/entry-level race wheel and I reckon that's pretty much on the mark.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

Comfortable wheels considering their deep profile and aero spokes.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

No Campagnolo freehub option.

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

Going by the numbers it'd be easy to discount the Team 35s as being overweight and sluggish, but ride them and you realise how good they are. They accelerate better than expected, and once the anodising has worn off they stop pretty well too.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: Mason Definition

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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