2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

About this time last year, Edco teased their new woven carbon rims that would be produced from their own molds. Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house. Then, at Interbike, the full line of proprietary rims were unveiled, introducing tubeless ready designs in multiple depths and styles.

Now, those rims grow to include the new Aerosport Simplon (105mm deep, $2,699/set) and Aerosport Fluela (85mm deep, $2,599/set). That expands the Aerosport series to 45, 65, 85, and 105 mm depths.

The rims use their proprietary 9K 8mm twill weave, which means it’s a 9k carbon tow woven into an 8mm twill pattern. For the same material weight, that means a stiffer wheel than, say, 3K. All of the rims are now made at their own facility in China (the factory is a co-owner of Edco), so all IP, designs and development are under their complete control all the way through production.

Get up close and see their curious new AX3 floating road pedal, below…

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

The Aerosport line is tubeless ready across the range. The 45 and 65 depths also get tubular options, but the new deeper ones will only be clincher.

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

You can order split sets to mix depths front to rear.

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

They’re working on disc brake versions of the 45/65, likely available for 2017. At present, they don’t plan on offering disc brake hubs/rims for the deeper wheels, but if demand is there…

They already offer disc brake versions of their Prosport and Optima lines, which are all 50mm or shallower.

edco 3AX floating road pedal

Introduced last May as a Kickstarter project, the 3AX (pronounced tri-ax) pedals were successfully funded and should start shipping this month to backers. They’re also available for pre-order for $299, with those expected to ship shortly after the Kickstarter models are out the door.

edco 3AX floating road pedal

The name comes from the pedal’s 3-axis movement. The body sits on two “swings”, which provide 6º of “sway (3º to each side). That lets your foot rock 2-3mm laterally. You have normal float, up to 9°.

edco 3AX floating road pedal

This shows the total side to side movement, which has a slight rocking motion, not strictly lateral.

edco 3AX floating road pedal

Check our original coverage for all the tech details.

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10 comments

  1. Rider X on

    Time road (and mtb) pedals have had 2-3mm lateral float for a long time – which is why I love them. The lateral float is not as free as it could be. I am intrigued by the idea of a swing. We will have to wait and see how these work in the real world.

    I think more allowances for small biomechanical imperfections is ideal. I know some swear by fixed cleats, but I think it is more imagined than real gains. Even Phil Burt (team sky fit guru) is in favour of better float to allow your body to work more efficiently within its natural biomechanical movement patterns.

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    • Tyler Durden on

      Yeah, but think about who that guy has to work with… Not arguing he isn’t the best current stage racer, but Froome-dawg is all over the place!

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  2. KL on

    “Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house” – I don’t get it. Does it mean I can purchase blank rims of any provenience (directly from any manufacturer?), add Chris King (or any other make) hubs and establish my own KL WHEELS company?

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    • Collin on

      Some companies do that. Reynolds supplied (or still does?) to industry nine also. Not sure how many other companies do that also, but I’m sure others do it. The other way to do it is just buy rims directly from china from a company that has good reviews (Light Bicycle) and buy what ever rims and spokes you want, and build up a great wheelset for a fraction of the big guys. I have a set of CX Tubulars (DT Swiss rear, Hope front Hubs) and MTB 29er wheels (King SS Rear, 240 front) built up this way

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    • fiddlestixbob on

      Yeah its a business technic.

      Heck taiwainess companies like light bicycle just resell wheelset from rims made elsewhere, and then some smaller US companies resell the light bicycle wheels (and sometimes source the same rims and build em) as well, with a premium of course.

      Basically, from manufacturer: 500USD w/ dt hubs. From LB, 800USD w/ dt hubs. From US reseller 1500USD w/ dt hubs. All the same wheels, same quality, different stickers.

      Of course that does not includes reynolds, enve, roval, zipp etc which have their own mold.

      At the end of the day though while I can make the difference visually i cant make the difference when I ride them. My wallet however…

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    • DH faller on

      Yes, companies like Alto Velo (who have been featured here) have the exact same rims that Dengfu are selling super cheap. Alto Velo will claim its their own proprietary design but its the exact same shape, weight, depth, and look as the Dengfu rims. If it looks like a duck…

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