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The Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 Disc wheels are superfast, superb to ride and superbly expensive. Despite the rim depth, they handle very well and are well behaved in windy conditions. An exceptionally good race wheelset.
If you've got two grand to spend on fancy deep-section wheels then these are well worth considering. They're as fast as they look, have Campagnolo's excellent 2-way fit technology, keep the weight down and are predictable in the wind.
The majority of my time on the WTO 60s has been spent on my Specialized Venge, an aero race bike. These wheels are a perfect fit and while it's not all about the looks, they do also look brilliant.
Thankfully, the performance is more than skin deep. The WTO 60s accelerate brilliantly and are perfectly happy to sit above 40kph. Racing is currently off, so the hardest that I've ridden them has been on some socially-distanced group rides and when chasing KOMs. The wheels have been excellent for this fast-paced riding and I'm confident that when racing starts again they'll be perfect for some flat circuits.
Not all of my riding is done on the flat, and when I've taken the WTO 60s into the Mendip hills I've been impressed at how well such a deep wheel climbs, especially on the steeper stuff. They're quick to spin up should you feel the need to stamp on the pedals and are excellent on long drags.
Sprinting presented no issues, with the wheels showing no signs of flex under load. Even leaning the bike right over in a big gear on a steep climb brought about no noise from my disc brakes, suggesting that these are properly stiff.
Setting up the wheels, I installed a set of 26mm S-Works clincher tyres. Those tyres popped on without any hassle and I was pleased to find that the wheels come supplied with lockrings. That's something that I've overlooked before so it's nice to see them included.
Campagnolo also supplies tubeless valves and a few spare spokes. Everything comes in two padded wheel bags for transportation and storage.
Campagnolo's 2-way fit technology is the company's way of saying that the wheels are tubeless-ready and can also be used with standard clincher tyres. The difference between this and a standard tubeless-ready rim is the lack of requirement for rim tape. Campagnolo uses a hole-less rim bed which makes the inner rim channel deeper. This is a massive help when mounting tyres, and when I switched to a pair of Challenge tubeless Strada tyres, they mounted and seated easily.
This 60mm-deep carbon rim has a 19mm internal width and an external width of 26.1mm. The inner width worked nicely with 25-28mm tyres, offering plenty of support and boosting the claimed tyre width out by 1mm.
The WTO bit in the name stands for Wind Tunnel Optimised, and Campagnolo says that the rim 'enables maximum aerodynamic penetration at wind angles between 10° and 20°, a situation that accounts for 80% of time on the saddle'. It also claims that 'this wheel is unequalled when it comes to overcoming drag', though the data to support this isn't provided.
The aluminium hub shells house Campagnolo's buttery smooth USB ceramic bearings. Campagnolo is one of the few companies still using the cup and cone system; this gives easy preload adjustment and maintenance.
The best part of two grand for a set of wheels isn't to be sneezed at, but they stack up quite well against others. Trek's Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 TLR wheelset is a bit more expensive at £1,999.98 though it does feature a wider 21mm rim bed.
Vision's Metron 55 SL Disc wheelset suffers for being a bit heavy, despite being shallower, but the price might tempt you, at £1,799.95.
You can go a lot higher though: Enve offers the 5.6 SES Disc wheels at £3,300, and the Lightweight Fernweg Evo 63mm Schwarz Edition wheels take the price up to £7,778.
If you're shelling out this kind of money then you'll be wanting an excellent set of wheels and, thankfully, that is what you're getting here. The Bora WTO 60 Disc wheels are really stiff, fast on the flats and they climb well too. Crosswind stability is good and the weight isn't too bad either.
Fast and stiff, these are excellent wheels that handle well and climb quickly
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 Disc wheels
Size tested: Shimano
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?
Campagnolo says, 'Campagnolo introduces its first aerodynamic disc brake wheel with a 60 mm profile, designed to appeal to cyclists with a love for speed. Its high profile can transfer all the aerodynamic advantages acquired from our research and development study to the road. The design of each wheel component enables maximum aerodynamic penetration, so that the wind stops being a hindrance to the cyclist and, at certain angles, becomes a help.
The wheel features unidirectional carbon rims with a rounded-profile optimised in the wind tunnel, new aerodynamic aluminium hubs and the ceramic USB cup-and-cone bearing system. Every design decision is determined by the sole goal of optimising performance. The profile of the rim, which has an internal width of 19 mm, makes a perfect pairing with 23, 25 and 28 mm tyres. Thanks to 2-Way Fit technology, Campagnolo guarantees complete compatibility with both clincher and tubeless tyres. The hole-free upper bridge, achieved through the patented MoMag system, allows a weight saving, increased stiffness and now also an aid when using tubeless tyres: no tape is required. Maintaining and cleaning the wheel during tyre replacement has never been easier.
These wheels were made for extreme performance, the Campagnolo mantra is reliability: the G3 spoke pattern with double spokes on the left of the front wheel ensures balanced and safe braking in all conditions."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the wheel?
24 steel elliptical-aero cross section spokes in the front, G3 pattern
24 steel elliptical-aero cross section spokes in the rear, G3 pattern
VERSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Campagnolo 10/11/12s cassette
Shimano / SRAM 10/11s cassette
SRAM 12s cassette
Black aluminium monolithic hub
Hub O.L.D.: 100 mm in the front, 142 mm in the rear
Axle material: aluminium
USB cup-and-cone bearing system with ceramic balls
Profile height: 60 mm
Rim material: carbon
Rim cross section (H x W): 60/26,1 mm
Internal width: 19 mm
Water transfer graphics
The Bora™ WTO™ 60 Disc Brake wheel is entirely hand-assembled by a specialised Campagnolo® technician and is 100% checked using electronic instrumentation. This procedure ensures that every single Campagnolo® wheel offers maximum performance and reliability
44 mm tubeless valve
40 mm valve extender
Bushing to reduce the size of the valve hole
2 levers in composite material for tyre removal - User manual
Did the wheels stay true? Any issues with spoke tension?
No issues here.
How easy did you find it to fit tyres?
Clinchers and tubeless are easy.
How did the wheel extras (eg skewers and rim tape) perform?
Tubeless valves do their job well.
Tell us how the wheel performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very fast and stiff. That makes them great at speed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel
Deep wheels that can climb. That means going at top speed everywhere. Lovely.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The Vision Metron 55 SL Disc Clincher Wheels are cheaper at £1,799.95 but are heavier at 1,750g even though they are shallower. Bontrager's Aeolus XXX 6 TLR Disc Clincher wheels are more expensive at £1,999.98 and get a wider 21mm internal rim width.
Did you enjoy using the wheel? Yes
Would you consider buying the wheel? Give me two grand and it's a yes.
Would you recommend the wheel to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They do what they're designed for excellently. These are superfast race wheels that are brilliant to ride. They are stiff for full-gas sprinting and climbing while holding speed well on the flats.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.