Campagnolo’s new light Hyperon carbon road bike wheels bring almost all of the high-performance tech of their latest top-tier ultralight Hyperon Ultra wheels, only cheaper. Saving almost 25% at your wallet, these new Hyperons only add a hundred grams – most of which looks like it is in the hubs. Plus, the new standard Campy Hyperon wheels might even be more serviceable thanks to more conventional standards…
Campagnolo Hyperon lightweight carbon road bike wheels
Everyone loves trickle-down tech. And Campy’s new Hyperon wheels look to be full of the same details you got in the ultra-premium, ultralight Hyperon Ultras.
Top-tier high gloss straight-out-of-the-mold (C-LUX) handmade ultra-lightweight carbon (HULC), modern wide 21mm internal aero but mid-depth 37mm tall rim, true-tubeless 2-Way Fit compatibility without spoke holes (Mo-Mag).
So what’s new?
In a bid to save you money, external nipples are the most visible difference between the new Hyperon and the original Ultras. Sure, the Aero Mo-Mag Ultras are still externally adjustable with a proprietary spoke wrench. And they are likely going to be incrementally more aerodynamic.
But really, it is hard to argue with the convenience & serviceability of external nipples that mean wheels can be trued with a standard spoke wrench.
Also keeping costs down, the new Hyperon features less dramatically machined aluminum hubs. And those spin on precision steel bearings instead of ceramics. They still have the latest N3W freehub body for 9-13sp compatibility. But the new wheels feature standard N3W freehubs, not the overly machined red N3W Lite of the Ultras.
The result, the new Campagnolo Hyperon wheels have a claimed weight of 1340g – compared to 1240g for the Ultras. Not to be overlooked, you save at least ~15-20g per wheelset, since tubeless tape is not needed.
Campagnolo Hyperon – Pricing, & availability
The real reason a standard-level set of Campagnolo Hyperon carbon wheels exists is a lower price point. The new carbon Hyperons still carry a Campy premium price at $2790 / 2690€. But Campagnolo still makes them entirely in Europe.
They’re still just as nice looking and will save you almost 25% over those ultralight Hyperon Ultras.