These all-new superlight and aero Syncros 1-piece full-carbon Capital SL road bike wheels actually get their racing debut today with a special edition in the Tour de France time trial. They are the real reason that Syncros has debuted their ultralight and aerodynamic Capital SL road wheelsets today. Extending their cockpit partnership with Team DSM-Firmenich just for the time trial, Syncros developed a special version of their new monocoque carbon road wheels for TT racing – a combination of the deeper 60mm Capital Aero SL wheel up front and the lighter, shallower 40mm Capital SL in the rear with an ultralight carbon disc shell for maximum aerodynamics…
Syncros Capital SL time trial wheels for DSM at TdF TT
DSM – or more specifically Team dsm-firmenich – have already been racing Scott bike (Syncros’ parent company) and Syncros cockpits, seatposts & saddles for years. Now, even though they have a regular wheel sponsor, Syncros was able to develop a faster TT wheel setup based on their new Capital SL road wheels with SIlverton SL monocoque carbon tech inside.
We are excited that the partnership continues to grow with Team dsm-firmenich as we today announce our extended sponsorship for the Time Trial wheels. The innovative Capital SL wheels will bring a real benefit to the team, and I really look forward to the future, as the team goes from strength to strength.– Pascal Ducrot, SCOTT Sports VP
We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Syncros. We worked intensively with the engineers of Syncros, who share the same holistic approach to aerodynamics. This has resulted in an extraordinary set of TT wheels that align perfectly with other aerodynamic elements. We can’t wait to race with the Syncros TT wheels from tomorrow onwards.– Narelle Neumann, Team dsm-firmenich, Head of Science
Starting today, DSM men & women with both race their Scott Plasma RC TT bike in time trials, fitted with special monocoque carbon Syncros wheels. The special edition Syncros Capital SL TT wheelset includes a standard 590g Capital Aero SL 60mm front wheel and a custom-built Capital SL Disc wheel at a claimed 970g.
Together, that’s apparently a full 500g weight savings in wheels vs. DSM’s previous TT setup.
That Capital SL Disc wheel is actually a 40mm deep Capital SL wheel, wrapped in a pair of carbon shells to create the disc, making it one of the lightest and stiffest disc time trial wheels in the pro peloton. That’s perfect for today’s 22.4km Tour de France TT stage that finishes with a substantial climb.
But is the Syncros Capital SL TT wheelset actually available?
For the time being, that is a no. Syncros has custom-made the Syncros Capital SL TT wheelset for Team DSM to race for the remainder of this season, so that special Capital SL Disc rear wheel is not yet commercially available. But… UCI rules suggest that it will need to be available to the public at some point, so we suspect Syncros to make the disc available sometime next year, too.
In the meantime, you can already get the 60mm Capital Aero SL front wheel (or wheelset), or its 40mm deep Capital SL siblings.