Upgrading your wheels is arguably the single most effective way to improve your bike. Here’s 13 options...

If the frame is the heart of a bike, then the wheels are surely the soul — a good set will make you feel like you are flying.

Here we have a dozen sets of wheels, each of which we have given a proper hammering. Our aim was to see just how they would perform in the long term, and in turn to help you decide if they are worthy of your cash.

To cover the requirements of different riders, we’ve tried to include something for everyone. We’ve tested some budget options, carbon exotica and everything in between, including some that include a power meter in the hub and even a set of deep-section track wheels, plus several sets that are capable of running the latest tubeless tyres.



Shimano RS81 C35

Typically pitched as Ultegra-level, the RS81 is a ‘non-series’ wheel, meaning it’s of a similar quality but doesn’t carry the …Continue reading »
Score 8


Fulcrum Racing 5

Updated to accommodate Shimano’s 11th sprocket, the latest Racing 5 wheelset promises a little more than merely space for the …Continue reading »
Score 8


Enve 3.4 SES

When it comes to technical info, Enve definitely goes for a ‘more is more’ approach. And when you’re asking £2,500 …Continue reading »
Score 9