If you’re looking for more speed but at a lower price, Reynolds’ new AR80 & AR80X may be worth a look. The benefits of aero wheels are well known, but they also usually include a well known price tag. These two new models come in at a substantially lower cost than the Reynolds Blacklabel Aero series, yet they still offer 80mm of wind cheating profile to help set your next personal best.
Both the AR80X and the AR80 are available in rim brake and disc brake models, all with he same rim profile that measures 80mm deep, and 19mm wide internally, with a 29.5mm external width. Each rim is a tubeless ready clincher with a refined rim profile for better stability in all crosswinds. Rim brake models use a CTG2 brake track that is said to be 30% more heat resistant than previous models, and the disc brake wheels use Centerlock hubs.
The difference between the X and standard model comes down to their build and ultimately, the price. The AR80X uses Reynolds Allroad hubs and Sapim CX-Sprint spokes with 20/24 for rim brake and 24/24 for disc brake. The higher end hubs and slightly lighter build result in a higher retail price of $1,549.
The AR80 on the other hand uses Reynolds TR3 hubs, Sapim Sprint spokes and brass nipples for a build that drops the price down to $1,249.
All wheels are covered by their lifetime warranty and 30 day satisfaction guarantee, availability is TBA.