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Reynolds Rolls Out Deeper, Lighter 60mm Aero Road Wheels

reynolds 60mm DB aero road wheels being ridden past a field
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Hot on the heels of their 46mm series of wheels, Reynolds’ new 60mm wheels go deeper and claim to be the most stable wheel at that depth, using their DET 2 profile and optimized layup to deliver a deep aero wheelset as light as 1,500g.

Offered in three variations, all have the same rim profile with a 21mm wide tubeless-ready interior that’s optimized for 28mm tubeless tires. They keep a hooked bead, maximizing tire options and allowing you to run it with tubes, too.

closeup details of reynolds BL60 DB aero road bike wheels

The rims max out at a very broad 34.25mm width about 1/3 of the way down the rim from the tire bead, then curve inward toward the tire with a constant arc. It’s surprisingly distinct from the varied profile of the 46mm models, and Reynolds says it provides excellent crosswind stability, letting you stay in the aero tuck longer and easier, improving overall aerodynamics for a faster overall ride than with wheels that might suffer more from wayward gusts.

reynolds BL60 Pro DB aero road bike wheels

The top-level BL60 (for Black Label) Pro DB and Expert DB models use the same CR6 carbon rim layup for the lightest weights, while a budget-friendly AR60 DB uses a lower-level CR3 carbon.

The Pro model (above) uses their custom Industry Nine Torch Road hubs with Sapim CX Ray spokes (20 front, 24 rear) with alloy nipples to come in at just 1,500g for the set. MSRP is $2,299.

reynolds BL60 Expert DB aero road bike wheels

The Expert bumps it to 24 spokes in the front and switches to the latest Ringle Super Bubba X Road hubs, which have a slightly faster 4º engagement (versus 6º), but weigh a bit more at 1,540g. MSRP is $1,899.

reynolds AR60 DB aero road bike wheels

The AR60 DB get Sapim Sprint spokes with brass nipples and their Ringle SRX Road hub (12º engagement) with a 1,640g weight. Price is $1,499. available soon.

All three come with tubeless tape pre-installed, and the top two models get alloy valve stems while the AR model gets a brass stem in the box.

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Kevin
Kevin
9 months ago

If these are 34+ mm wide then aren’t they aero optimized for up to 32mm? Why only saying 28mm?

Rob
Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

From the third paragraph: “The rims max out at a very broad 34.25mm width about 1/3 of the way down the rim from the tire bead, then curve inward toward the tire with a constant arc.”

Brent
Brent
9 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

Cause 28mm tires (labeled 28) will be 31mm once installed, 32mm will be at 34+.
labeled sizes are for the narrower rims of the norm.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Depends. A lot of tires are now true to size with wide rims. I’m riding 30mm Schawalbe Pro Ones now unstead of my mainstay 28s and they’re a hair narrower than the old 28s were and 28s are about 29mm wide on my 21mm wide internal rims

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

The width at the edge of the rim is what matters for the rule of 105

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
9 months ago

This company basically doesn’t have a warranty. I once had their 66mm deep wheels and the RAP coverage. Brake track separated while I was riding (literally just came unglued it was a perfect rectangle just hanging off the back wheel) tried to file a warranty claim but they said it was a crash (wheels had no signs of damage from a crash and they’d never been crashed happened on a group ride when a guy rolled up to me and said something was up with my rear wheel) and made me use a RAP claim. Then sent me a wheel back 3 months later that had cracks in the rim. The box was in perfect shape so wasn’t FedEx’s fault yet claimed it must’ve been damaged in transit and offered me to buy another wheel for $450. Hope the company goes bankrupt.

Last edited 9 months ago by Fake Namerton
David
David
8 months ago

What bike is that in the opening photo? (black frame w/ multicolored decal)

reno
reno
12 days ago
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