Legendary Italian component brand Campagnolo are on a roll to celebrate their 85th
anniversary, with the
new Bora WTO race wheels launched on top of the
12 speed Super Record and Record groupsets announced this morning.
first to launch 12 speed road groupsets
12 speed Super Record disc and Record rim brake groupsets
27 of the best road bike wheels
stands for 'Wind Tunnel Optimised', and is the latest development in Campag's
widely commended Bora
series. Not only do they claim to have conducted the most exhaustive aerodynamic study Campagnolo have
ever done, but the findings have also led them to ditch tubular entirely and just make them as one clincher set with a tubeless-ready converter kit included. This means even the pros running Bora
will be on
tyres, because according to their research,
the out-and-out fastest way to go.
They will be available in 60mm
depths (with the 77mm
front wheel-only as it's intended to be paired with their Bora
rear disc wheel for time trialling) and have a completely new rim design
to the Bora
One and Bora
Ultra wheels. Campag
based their wind tunnel testing
on real-world conditions, trying out many different angles and wind speeds to replicate what a rider faces out on the road. This
was also supplemented
with ride data collected on two different continents, and wind tunnel testing was always conducted with a rider on the bike to make the findings more accurate.
have opted for the C19
width for the rims, which provides a much better fit with 25mm and 28mm tyres to create a more aerodynamic shape
overall. Perhaps the most interesting findings were with tyre choice: testing
tubular, clinchers and tubeless tyres, Campag
found that tubulars were the slowest option, then clinchers,
and tubeless were fastest. It's led them to drop tubular versions of the new wheels altogether, which
mean pros using the new wheels will be riding tubeless. The rest of us can run them as clinchers, but just need to add the conversion kit to go
tubeless (no rim tape required thanks to Campag's
Other aero innovations include new curved hubs, and even the spokes are shaped for aero efficiency. To get the shape they wanted the spokes are made from machined alloy, possibly adding some weight but making that all important more aero shape. The 60mm
wheels have USB
ceramic bearings and the 77mm
wheel features the super high-end
CULT ceramic bearings.
have also worked hard to keep the
weight as low as possible, with the
pair coming in at
front wheel just
don't have a landing date or price as of yet, and at the moment are rim brake only; but we'll be keeping an eye out for their arrival and any news of disc versions in the near future...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.