Home > Bike Types > Road Bike

Campagnolo Carbon Wheels Go UltraLight with 1160-1240g Hyperon Ultra Road Bike Wheelset

9 Comments
Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

Campagnolo’s premium carbon road wheel lineup gets a new ultralight addition with the new 1240g Hyperon Ultra wheelset. Using much of the same tech as the wind tunnel optimized aero Bora Ultra family, the re-emergence of the famous Hyperon name signals a returned interest in weight weenie gram-saving from the Italian component maker.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, rim
all photos c. Campagnolo

The bulk of Campagnolo’s wheel development in recent years has been their fastest-ever aero Bora WTO family, and then the Ultra wheels that took detailing to the next level… plus a little side-project in all-road wheels that evolved into full-fledged gravel supporting the Ekar group that’s given the brand a solid resurgence.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, rear wheel

Now, Hyperon Ultra resets ultralightweight as a top priority, while incorporating all of Campagnolo’s best signature wheel technologies…

Tech details

The new Hyperon Ultra wheels feature a light but still aero 37mm deep full carbon asymmetric rim profile, with a 21mm internal hooked 2-Way-Fit tubeless bead (27mm external). The rim itself is made with Campy’s HULC (Handmade Ultra-Light Carbon) layup with UV-stable resin in a high-polished mold, and with spoke holes molded in (not drilled) for unbroken carbon fibers inside.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, finish

That means it requires no additional finishing (no paint, no clearcoat, no filler) out of the mold. The result is what Campagnolo calls their premium C-Lux finish, with the carbon wheels only adding subtle copper-colored decals.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, hub

The disc brake only Hyperon Ultra wheels are laced up on straight-pull hubs using a new Head-2-Bay total tension management system with spoke head washers at the hub to optimize power transfer and ensure optimal spoke loading.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, spoke nipple

At the rim they use Campy’s latest Aero Mo-Mag setup with hidden internal self-locking aluminum nipples resting on a reinforced polymer seat, but which still feature recessed tooling so they can be trued externally with a special spoke wrench.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, 21mm intenal

That also means a smooth uninterrupted rim bed (no drilled spoke holes) for perfect, permanent tubeless setup withOUT tubeless rim tape, and as a result, easier tubeless tire installation.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, hub details

The front wheels use a 2:1 lacing with a radial driveside & 2x star disc-side pattern for optimal tension balance on the 21 spokes. The rear wheel is 2x on both sides with symmetrical lacing for the 24 rear spokes. The wheels spin on top-tier, low-friction hybrid ceramic Campagnolo CULT (Ceramic Ultimate Level Technology) bearings with ceramic balls lubricated by synthetic oil over specially-treated stainless steel races.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, hubs

The 12mm thru-axle hubs get AFS (centerlock) disc brake mounting and come standard with a new red Campy N3W Light freehub body compatible with 9-13sp cassettes and small cogs from 9-11T, plus Shimano HG11 & SRAM XDR bodies are available for weight weenies with non-Italian gruppos.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra road wheels – Pricing & availability

In the end, Campagnolo says their new lightweight Hyperon Ultra road wheels weigh just 1240g for the pair, that with a generous rider + bike weight limit of 115kg/254lb for such a light wheelset. Interestingly, with almost no other mention, Campagnolo notes that a tubular version is also available that weighs just 1160g, presumably to satisfy their pro racing holdouts.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, Campy logo

The new wheels are available now, with a premium retail price of $4100 / 3650€, or about 10% more than the latest Bora Ultra WTO wheels were when they were introduced two years ago.

Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra lightweight carbon road bike wheels, campagnolosrl, Colnago C68

But who can put a pricetag on the build for your Italian dream bike?

Update: If you do put a pricetag on that dream bike, you can now get a standard set of Hyperons for 25% less, and only sacrifice 100g.

Campagnolo.com

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

9 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Oliver
Oliver
11 months ago

Who still runs 25mm tires on disc brake only climbing wheelsets made for the mountains? What’s the point? They severely limit cornering and braking grip and cook the brakes relative to larger tires. Maybe intended for those who climb and then take the funicular down? Why so narrow Campag?

will
will
11 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

severely? a little dramatic

Vince
Vince
11 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

I’m still using 21mm tubulars and guess what I’ve never failed to turn a corner because of that. Never had my rim brake pads cooked as well. Conversely, what’s the point of more expensive, heavy and unaerodynamic MTB tires on a road bike?

Tom Kunich
Tom Kunich
3 months ago
Reply to  Vince

I ride 28’s and they hold better and roll faster. Hardly MTB tires.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
11 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

marketing bs, has got you hook line and sinker!

Brent
Brent
11 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

First nothing stops you to run 28mm tires. Then 25mm tires on this rim (21 int) will be a solid 26+.
Finally you seem to have been a bit too much impacted by marketing. Unless you ride on poor roads, better performance comes on 25mm tires, now 28. Pros are experimenting on 28 (even on hood roads) and there is no consensus, since you start having too much lateral movement that are detrimental to pedalling efficiency. 28 and 30 will provide benefits on poor roads, allowing you to drop pressure even further and add rubber in contact of the road…. But it’s not magical

Wolf
Wolf
11 months ago

Nothing is stopping you from mounting 28’s on these wheels-other than the price.

C C
C C
11 months ago
Reply to  Wolf

Maybe people got aero poisoning too much.

myke
myke
11 months ago

Dang, they got homemade carbon layups. Man, that sounds delicious! where can I get me some of that!

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.