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Williams Introduces New System 38 Carbon Clincher to Compliment their 58/85mm Wheelsets

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Williams Cycling, becoming well known for their quality wheels and competitive pricing due to their “direct to consumer” business model is introducing the System 38, a new 38mm deep full carbon clincher wheelset to add to thier System 55, and 85 wheelsets. All are built on premium Sapim CX-Ray spokes and their new Sixty-Six hubs with hybrid ceramic bearings.  With more and more people leaning away from tubulars due to the improved technology, reduced weight, and the obvious convenience of clinchers, there are more high end clincher wheel sets available than ever. And Williams is aimed at getting these to consumers for less…

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We’ve covered their wheels in the past and some of the responses of riders who have used them seem positive. The System Carbon Clinchers are described as a race wheel designed for the road cyclist looking for one set of wheels that can be used for flats, rollers and climbing. The System 38 wheelset shares the same “U” Shape design, 26mm outer width and 20/24 spoke count as its deeper siblings. They use high TG ceramic fiber reinforced composites at the braking surface, which under heavy braking and high friction, there is a significant claimed reduction in thermal expansion compared to other carbon fiber rims. The System 38’s come in at a claimed 1,495 grams, (58’s come in at 1,689 grams, and the 85’s at 1,838 grams). Like most of their wheels, they have a 190lb rider weight limit except for the System 85, which is limited to 225lb riders.

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They’re fitted with their own Sixty-Six hubs, (60 ratchet teeth and 6 pawls) that contain hybrid ceramic bearings. The engagement is quick and strong due to the pawls alternating contact in 2 groups of 3 at once and each pawl having 3 teeth for a strong hold.  They’re available in Shimano/SRAM 10/11spd and Campagnolo 11spd. They also offer the CycleOps PowerTap G3 Hub as an upgrade.

Williams is a supplier to USA Cycling U23 and Junior teams. They supply wheels and saddles which are shipped to USA Cycling facility in Holland. “Michael Sayers, the Director, offers constant feedback as to how are saddles and wheels are performing and it has been a great test ground for product development”, Keith Williams, owner of Williams Cycling, told us. “The race and road conditions are extreme. We truly find out what designs work and what designs need to be improved to handle the harshest conditions of Northern (European) bicycle racing”.

Their wheels all come with rim strips, quick releases, valve extenders, carbon brake pads. All three models, including a System 58/85 combo retail for $1,199.

WilliamsCycling.com

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Rob Williams
7 years ago

Keith Williams knows what makes a bike rider feel fast, safe, and comfortable on the road. I am riding a set of Williams Wheels and coast faster than all others on weekly club rides. Check out Williams Wheels, great price and high end quality wheels.

Terry
Terry
7 years ago

“With more and more people leaning away from tubulars”

Not me. I’ll never give up my tubulars! Nothing rides as well as a good tubie.

Yard Dog
Yard Dog
7 years ago

You can take my tubular wheels FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS

Craig
Craig
7 years ago

Great to see Williams are supporting the young USA team riders.

Velociraptor
Velociraptor
7 years ago

The relatively narrow 17mm internal width is surprising.

Mac
Mac
7 years ago

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I’ll build you a set of light bikes rims and chosen hubs, slap my name on them and only charge you $999.

JMG_DC
JMG_DC
7 years ago

Mac – talk is cheap. Post your rim and hub specs, your warranty details, and track record. Otherwise, go back to your troll cave.

John Tee
John Tee
7 years ago

Yes, @JMG_DC, all of this.

Big j
Big j
7 years ago

6’4″ 250lbs. 215lb limit is like saying “only for teenagers”. (And vertically challenged)

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

@Big J, I’m sorry, but your in the minority of weight for a road biker.

Bill B
Bill B
7 years ago

Compliment? So the 38 clinchers have something nice to say to the 58/85’s?

DRC
DRC
7 years ago

Wow, 190lb weight limit?? I’m not even that big and I’m bordering on 195-200. Guess these are only marketed at guys that are race weight/fit?

crazydane
crazydane
7 years ago

Regular 175lb club rider here, probably close to 195lbs with bike/ bottles/saddle bag, etc. . Have been eying their wheels for years and this year I finally bought a set of their System 31 in the 24/28 spoke count (they typically build a given wheel ‘system’ in 3 different spoke counts to accommodate different rider weights). Not crazy miles, but after a little over 900 miles (yeah, life’s getting in the way of my cycling) on some cruddy pot hole roads, they’re still perfectly true and spin forever. I expect 10,000’s miles from them and know they’re LBS serviceable if needed. Happy with the purchase.

Glenn
Glenn
7 years ago

Have used the Williams wheels previous. People give them a hard time but hey, quality is there. I think they ‘may’ use the rebranded DT 240’s specific to their build but hey, it works and pricing is good.

It is interesting they limit their wheels to folks who are ‘lighter.’ I’m 152-154 depending on the week and trash the sh*t out of my wheels since I live in the SF Bay Area.

Ron M
Ron M
7 years ago

Pretty much have a bike built with William’s gear! Currently own “System 30 Wheelset” and can’t say enough about the construction, durability and ride of these wheels. I hope to own the 38’s soon. But with this said, I believe the one thing that stands above all else is the customer service offered by these guys!! Second to none and simply said, the best!!!

Tom Crase
Tom Crase
7 years ago

I have trued many carbon wheels for maintenance, broken spokes and crashes. Williams makes great wheels. Best bang for the buck that I know of.

Done won one
Done won one
7 years ago

Or you could but the same exact wheelset from Irwin for half the price. Same hub, same spokes, same rims.

http://www.irwincycling.com/wheel/icw-38c_icw-38t

Ron M
Ron M
7 years ago

Pretty much have a bike built with William’s gear! Currently own the “System 30 Wheelset” and can’t say enough about the construction, durability and ride of these wheels. I hope to own the 38’s soon. With this said, I believe the one thing that stands above all else is the customer service offered by these guys!! Second to none and simply said, the best!!!

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