Pacenti’s two new rims are next generation versions of two of their more popular hoops.
The Brevet is a replacement for the PL23 and addresses some manufacturing issues they had with a prior vendor and also improve it’s looks. Performance wise, it’s the same width on the outside but gets a full millimeter wider inside, and they deepened the center well to aid tire installation. The original was very flat on the top, but the Brevet gets a nice rounded profile by reducing the flat sides from about 13mm down to about 10mm. Then, they added a bright anodization rather than full polish, so it still has a luster, just not crazy bright. It’s aimed at the more traditional commuter and city bikes, where these qualities should fit right in. Retail is $98.
For racier road and cyclocross pursuits, there’s the new Forza…
The Forza replaces the SL23 and gets different front and rear profiles. The front is symmetric, the rear is asymmetric, giving both the proper bracing angles for rim brake wheels. And these are rim brake specific, but Pacenti says eventually they’ll have a disc brake version, too.
Compared to the latest version of the SL23, they’re actually 0.5mm narrower on the outside, but they maintain the 20mm internal width. The height remains 25mm, but the spoke bed thickness is increased to make them stronger. That makes them about 20-30g heavier than the SL23, but they are far more robust. They’re aimed at the road and cyclocross racer with a retail of $109 for the front and $119 for the rear.
All should be available by end of this week through their website.