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Reynolds AR 58/62 X DB wheelset



Real world fast, and a decent price for such a quality set of deep-section wheels
Noticeable aero gains
Easy tubeless tyre fitment
Valves and end caps included
Small amount of flex

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The Reynolds AR 58/62 X DB wheelset offer real world aero advantages while coping well with crosswinds and climbing. Tubeless compatibility finishes the package for not a huge amount of money.

The most important thing deep carbon wheels must offer is a 'swooshy' sound as they spin, to let everybody know that you've spent a chunk of money to make your bike go faster. The Reynolds certainly get that message across, but the amount of money you actually have to spend to get your swooshiness is very reasonable.

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For £1,350 you are getting a wheelset with a 58mm-deep rim at the front and a deeper 62mm rim for the rear.

The rim widths differ slightly too: the front has an inner width of 19mm (28mm outer) while the rear is 21mm with a 30mm outer.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - rim bed.jpg

Profile-wise, the rims aren't quite as bulbous as, say, Hunt's 48 Limitless and not as V-shaped as carbon rims of old, like its Aero 58 Clincher wheels from back in 2013, which basically finished in a sharp point. The ARx here have something in the middle.

The shape certainly helps them handle well. Deep-section rims like this are always going to be affected by crosswinds, but I found these dealt with the majority of them with little concern, regardless of the yaw angle.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - rim detail 2.jpg

I could feel the wind giving them a nudge, but it was just a bit of pressure on the side of the rim, not feeling like it was trying to steer the front wheel. Things might be a bit different if you are a lightweight racer, mind.

Reynolds claims a weight of 1,668g and we got 1,711g on our scales, which includes the pre-fitted tubeless tape. Allowing about 20g per wheel, that's about right, and pretty good for a set of wheels as deep as this, and for this sort of money.

For the majority of testing I was using the ARx wheelset on the Vitus Vitesse Evo, swapping out the very light 1,425g Prime Attaquers with their shallow alloy rims.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - fitted.JPG

The extra few hundred grams of the Reynolds blunted the climbing a touch, and pulling away from a standing start, but once rolling, the added aero benefits easily outweighed the extra weight.

These wheels are just so fast, showing really big gains over 20mph where it feels like you require less effort to keep them moving than you would on a less aero set.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - rim detail 3.jpg

The stability in crosswinds means you can carry that speed into the bends as well.

Stiffness levels seem absolutely fine; occasionally, when really hammering it out of the saddle, I could detect a bit of lateral flex, but we are talking tiny amounts.


Reynolds has gone for full carbon fibre rims with a hooked bead, making them suitable for use with standard clincher tyres and tubeless ones.

Fitting tyres, both tubed and tubeless, was easy. I found that 25mm and 28mm tyres seemed to work best with the rim profile.

Tubeless tape and valves are included in the price, so setting them up will just require some tyres and sealant.

The 24 Sapim CX-Sprint bladed spokes in both the front and rear wheels are attached to the rim using alloy nipples, which I'm glad to say aren't hidden away. If you have a bit of basic mechanical knowhow, you can roughly re-true the wheel at the side of the road if needs be.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - rim detail 1.jpg

The hubs are Reynolds own and they ran smoothly throughout the test period, through all kinds of weather. Six weeks is quite short a time to test durability, but a poorly sealed hub can often show up problems quite quickly.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - front hub.jpg

If you like a 'clicky' freewheel then you'll like the ARx rear as it gives plenty of noise without sounding high-pitched.

Pawl engagement is reasonably rapid at 10 degrees, and a couple of options are available for Shimano HG and SRAM XDR, which we have here.

2021 Reynolds AR 58-62 X DB wheels - rear hub 1.jpg

End caps to suit 12mm thru-axles are installed, with a 15mm set included, and the brake rotors are held in place by a Center Lock ring rather than six separate bolts.


As I've already mentioned, these are well priced, sitting in between Hunt's 60mm Limitless wheels with EZO steel bearings – just £1,189, and with CeramicSpeed bearings, £1,489. I've only ridden the 48 Limitless, but they are some of the fastest wheels I've used, so if the 60mm version builds on that, they'll be difficult to beat.

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Campagnolo's Bora WTO 60 Disc wheels are a similar depth to the Reynolds, but cost £1,928.99 because of their ceramic bearings.

Or what about the Princeton CarbonWorks Wake 6560 Disc wheelset for a cool £3,199.99? They come with 60mm/65mm rims and Tune hubs, though going for a standard PCW hub drops the price to £2,899.99.


Overall, at this price point this is a very good set of wheels. They look much more expensive than they are, and they ride well, with decent stiffness and weight, with the build quality shining through.


Real world fast, and a decent price for such a quality set of deep-section wheels test report

Make and model: Reynolds AR 58/62 X DB wheels

Size tested: 700C

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 Reynolds ARx series delivers an unmatched selection of carbon fiber wheels to offer you the perfect product capable of tracking the types of terrain and roads you ride. The ARx line of wheels carries on the heritage of our wildly popular Attack, Assault and Strike wheels with wider rim profiles optimized for modern, wider tubeless tires. Working with the wider profiles allowed our engineers to design sleek, new rim shapes that vastly improve stability in crosswinds in the deeper sectioned rims. The new ARx profiles are not only wider and faster, but they are also lighter than their Attack, Assault and Strike predecessors."

The wheels are certainly fast, and achieve that without being a handful in a crosswind.

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

Reynolds lists:

Inner Rim Width: F:19MM | R:21MM

Outer Rim Width: F:28MM | R:30MM

Rim Depth: F:58MM | R:62MM

Spokes: F24 | R24

Spoke Pattern: Front 2x | Rear 2x

Weight: 1668g

Technology: PR3

Front Hub: Reynolds Hub / Center Lock - Disc Brake Compatible

Rear Hub: Reynolds Hub / Center Lock - Disc Brake Compatible

Spoke Type: CX-Sprint

Nipple: External Alloy

Engagement: 10°

Pawl: 4

Decal: Black water slide

Rim: Strike Carbon Tubeless Disc Brake 58mm, Strike Carbon Tubeless Disc Brake 62mm

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Overall performance is very good, with just a small amount of lateral flex on the rear, but not any great amount.

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

True at the start and remained that way.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

Fitting tyres was very easy, both clinchers and tubeless.

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

The rim tape came ready fitted and worked fine, as did the valves.

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

Good all-round road wheels, especially if a lot of that time is spent above 20mph.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

Deal with crosswinds without issue.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

A bit of lateral flex.

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

Hunt's wheels are always competitive, and its 60 Limitless do look very good value for money. But a lot of the other wheels we've tested at this depth are a lot more expensive, though many of them use ceramic bearings.

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 good quality set of deep-section wheels that perform really well, whether that's speed on the flat or the way they deal with crosswinds. A tiny bit of flex is the only negative.

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,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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paulrattew | 2 years ago

I've got the AR, rather than the ARX versions of these. Different spokes, different graphics, same rim. I really like them most of the time. They are good in cross winds and (subjective comment alert) feel fast. They go nicely with my cervelo S5.

I really struggle though with getting tubeless schwalbe pro one 28mm tyres to seat on them though. Normally those tyres seat easily on almost all rims, but there's something about this combination that is a real arse. Even getting the tyres to seat properly with a tube in isn't simple. I know a few other people who own the wheels (ARX version reviewed here) and they have had the same problem. 

My other gripe is the longevity of the hub bearings. Either they are basically cheese or the build quality is poor and it causes them to wear prematurely (I've had to replace both front and rear hub bearings after just a couple of thousand kms, and those I know who own the ARX version have had the same problem).

sparrowlegs | 2 years ago

I'm a massive wheel whore and over the years I've had loads of wheelsets. A few weeks ago I got a set of the new Hunt 60 Limitless wheels (EZO bearings) and they truly are superb.

I've had wheels of varying depths and went from a set of 50mm wheels (from one of Hunts main competitors) that are about 200 grams lighter but are massively affected by side winds.

The 60 Limitless have been super stable in every situation in some really windy conditions and the weight increase hasn't been noticeable at all.

I say all this as if you're in the market for some deep aero disc wheels then you can save money and adopt some cutting edge tech that works by going for the Hunts. 

Sriracha replied to sparrowlegs | 2 years ago
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Did you get the accessories?

sparrowlegs replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago

Haha! I need those!

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