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Deda Elementi Trenta2 Gravel Disc Carbon Wheels

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£1,204.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Lightweight gravel wheels that don't sacrifice durability or stiffness
Excellent ride and build quality
Easy to set up tubeless
Impressive weight
Durable
Tough competition on pricing
Weight: 
1,470g

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The Deda Elementi Trenta2 carbon clinchers are some of the lightest gravel disc wheelsets we've tested, and they've achieved that without losing stiffness or durability. This is a tough yet fast set of wheels and an absolute joy to ride.

Low weight isn't normally the main criteria when it comes to choosing a set of wheels for your gravel/adventure bike, but if you're more of a gravel racer than an explorer, shaving a few hundred grams here and there can make a big difference to performance.

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The Trenta2s weighed in at 1,470g on the road.cc scales with the tubeless tape already fitted. That's impressive for a road wheel, let alone a set designed for the abuse of off-road jaunts.

They are very pleasant wheels to ride, with a comfortable feel and no noticeable harshness coming back through to your contact points. Obviously, this is helped by a large chamber gravel tyre helping to soak up the bumps, which is why I fitted some 28mm slick tyres pumped up hard and tested the wheels on the road first to gauge their ride quality.

The 32mm deep, 29mm wide (external) rim is made from a blend of uni-directional high modulus and 3K carbon fibre, which is laced to the alloy hub with 24 spokes front and rear.

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It's a stiff build, easily detectable when accelerating hard or tackling steep, rocky climbs where you just need to drive the power through them to keep momentum.

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After seeing the weight, not only was I surprised about the high stiffness levels, I also had concerns about durability.

I'm no lightweight rider and my style of riding means I'm quite hard on wheels, especially on poor surfaces.

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The Dedas have stood up really well to all of the abuse. Some of my favourite gravel tracks were overlaid last year with much bigger, chunkier aggregate than was there previously. Traffic is slowly starting to smooth things out, and the gaps between the rocks are filling with soil and sand so they aren't quite as brutal as they once were, but descending can still be a bit of a lottery, requiring some bunny-hopping here and there to avoid the potholes you can't see until the last minute or the disguised tall, jagged rocks.

The sounds that can come back through the wheels and bike can make you cringe, but after six weeks of abuse the Dedas haven't suffered at all.

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They're as true as they were when they arrived, and the carbon shows no signs of marking or damage from the impacts they've taken. The Trenta2s are a very solid set of wheels.

Tyre choice

The rims are of the hooked variety, meaning not only are they compatible with tubeless tyres they'll work with standard clinchers too.

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Going down the tubed route, I fitted the Panaracer Race D Evo 4 tyres to test the ride quality on the road. They went on easily enough and were removed without issue too.

For testing gravel wheels I always use Zipp Tangente Course G40 tyres. At 40mm they fit comfortably within Deda's recommended 28mm to 50mm width range, and fitting was an absolute breeze just using a standard track pump.

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The satisfying ping as the bead popped under the hook of the rim was pretty much simultaneous around the entire wheel.

I also fitted a set of 43mm Panaracer GravelKings without fuss too.

Value

The price has crept up a bit since the start of testing, but I still think that at £1,204.99 they offer good value for money, especially considering the weight and quality.

They are over 100g lighter than the £2,010 Corima G30.5 gravel wheels. I really rated the Corimas when it came to their ride quality, and the Dedas are very similar in that respect.

> Read off.road.cc’s guide to the best gravel wheelsets you can buy

I was also really impressed with Edco's gravel offering. At 1,533g the Edcos are also light, and have a retail price of just £900. They do have a hookless rim, though, which limits your tyre choice to tubeless only.

For £899 there is always the highly recommended Hunt 35 Gravel X-Wide wheelset.

Conclusion

Overall, I really rate the Trenta2 wheels. They've performed much better on the longevity front than I thought they would, and after using them for good few hundred miles I would have no qualms using them for gravel racing or loaded treks out into the woods or a bit of an adventure. You can get cheaper, as ever, but I think Deda has a well-balanced package here when it comes to quality and performance.

Verdict

Lightweight gravel wheels that don't sacrifice durability or stiffness

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Deda Elementi Trenta2 Gravel Disc Carbon Wheels

Size tested: RIM: 32mm Depth; 29mm Width

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?

Deda says, "The new Trenta2 Carbon clincher Disc wheelset is one of the lightest wheelsets specifically designed for gravel routes and beyond.

'The rims are built to be future-proof and are compatible with both tubeless and clincher tyres. Self-locking ABS nipples prevent the nipples and spokes loosening over time meaning less maintenence and more time riding without worry. The nipple also has a perforated nylon ball inserted into the head to provide a longer life and a safer ride. The rim can also take tyres up to 50mm making it one of the most versatile wheelsets on the market."

This is a high performance wheelset that can cope with the abuse supplied by gravel routes.

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

Deda lists:

RIM: 32mm Depth ; 29mm Width (ETRTO622X23C)

MATERIAL: High-Modulus UD Carbon Fibre And 3K Combined Structure.

SPOKES: 24 Spoke Count, Front And Rear ; Black

NIPPLES: Self-Locking ABS Nipples, Aluminium, 15mm, Black

HUB: Alloy 6061, 17mm Axle,4 Pawls Freehub Mechanism (Leaf System)

DISK BRAKE ROTOR: Shimano Centre-Lock

THRU-AXLE COMPATIBILITY: Front 12X100mm, Rear 12 X 142mm

FREEHUB: Shimano / Sram XD-R / Campagnolo

ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Tubeless Rim Tape, Tubeless Valves, Centre-Lock Lockring

TYRE COMPATIBILITY: Clincher or Tubeless-Ready; Minimum 28mm up to 50mm Tyre Width

Rate the wheel for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the wheel for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the wheel for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the wheel for weight
 
9/10
Rate the wheel for value:
 
6/10

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

The wheels survived plenty of gravel use with no issue.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

Tubed and tubeless tyres went on painlessly.

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

The tubeless tape, valves and Centerlock rings included in the package all worked absolutely fine. It's good to see the lockring included as not all companies supply this.

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

A tough gravel wheelset that delivers on speed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

Their light weight makes them great when it comes to performance.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

In terms of how they ride, there is very little to dislike.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Other brands like Hunt or Edco offer similar wheels that are a touch heavier for a few hundred quid less, but then the Dedas compete well against wheels like the Corimas that are nearly a grand more. I'd say they are priced well when you take everything into consideration.

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 overall score

The Dedas are a very good balance of stiffness, durability, performance and value for money. A straight 8.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 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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