If you’re after some wheels for the hill climb season, or if you just fancy something superlight, check out these ones from Parcours.
Built in conjunction with RyanBuildsWheels in Bristol, they comprise 20mm tubular rims laced to Tune Mig/Mag hubs with Sapim Super CX-Ray spokes — high end components, then.
The front wheel is radially laced with 16 spokes while the rear has 10 spokes radially laced on the non-driveside and 10 laced two-cross on the driveside.
The total wheelset weight is 900g.
With the tubulars fitted, the front wheel weighs 615g while the rear is 743g (excluding skewers). That’s a total of just 1,358g.
Parcours says that it doesn’t intend to launch these wheels as a regular retail product at the moment, but if you did want a set then they’d come in at around £1,200-£1,300 — a whole lot less than something like the AX Lightness 25T, say, with a claimed wheelset weight of 790g.
Get in touch with Parcours and talk through the appropriate build specs, which will depend on the intended use.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.