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While most will recognize the tubular wheels as the go-to choice for top professional riders, the fact remains that tubular tyres are less practical than clinchers for those of us not fortunate enough to have a support car with spare wheels following behind. Now, thanks to some diligent work by Campagnolo engineers, there will be no more reason to sacrifice performance for tyre security as the Bora wheel family is now available in clincher version in addition to the tubular version seen in the pro-tour.
The graphic application was also studied and a new method was utilized which allows Campagnolo to apply the logos via water transfer thus avoiding heavier adhesives. This too represents a weight savings of nearly 15 grams in addition to a cleaner and more durable aesthetic quality.
Weight is further reduced thanks to a smaller profile front hub applied to this new Bora design. Campagnolo engineers were able to reduce the weight and size of the hub while maintaining all of the performance characteristics of the previous version. In other words, the same fantastic Bora performance in a smaller package.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
FULL CARBON HIGH PROFILE FOR 50mm CLINCHER: provides the maximum aerodynamic penetration. Extremely limited weight. The highest degree of lateral stiffness and reactivity of the wheel.
EXCLUSIVE RIM PRINTING SYSTEM:rim painting no longer required. The weight is greatly reduced and the surface is free from imperfections.
RDB™ RIM DYNAMIC BALANCE: exclusive system that assures perfect balancing of the rim even at high speeds. Moulded into the rim itself.
NEW 3 DIAMANT TREATMENT: This treatment improves carbon braking performance to the point of feeling similar to aluminium in all conditions.
SPOKES WITH AERODYNAMIC PROFILE: provides the maximum aerodynamic penetration. Reduces aerodynamic drag saving rider energy.
SPOKES ANTI-ROTATION SYSTEM: allows the spokes to maintain the best aerodynamic position.
ALUMINIUM HUB: provides a high degree of lateral stiffness while keeping the weight low.
OVERSIZED FLANGE: greater torsional stiffness and greater reactivity.
CUP AND CONE BEARINGS: easy ball/bearing adjustment - reduces possible ball/bearing play - precision operation - maintains performance over time.
ALUMINIUM AXLE: reduces the weight of the wheel.
QUICK RELEASE: new, completely redesigned and lighter aerodynamic-profile wheel block. Steel spine and eccentric, lever with drill lightening and aluminium die. Eccentric-closure system allows cyclist to modulate the pressure necessary for heightened sensitivity to find the proper closure for the block. Easy to use, with a material resistant to wear and tear, rust, and pressure.
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It's currently 16 below zero and the snow banks are a couple of metres high, so how can I review the new Campagnolo Bora One 50's I just purchased ? Well I can't, but then again I can ... well at least partially. So this is my challenge. A comparative analysis of these wheels, in relation to their older siblings and to current wheels from other manufacturers, to which I have had the pleasure to either ride, or observe. Out of the box these wheels are a joy to behold. The rims are a beautiful carbon fibre weave, much wider than previous Bora's, enabling faster and more comfortable ride characteristics using 25 or 27 mm tires. Most notably though are the lack of holes at every spoke, so that no rim reinforcement tape is required to mount the tubes and clinchers. While spinning them two things jump to the forefront. How easily and smoothly they spin and how well balanced they are. Balancing the wheel on one finger as they spin like a toy top, I thought I should compare these to other popular wheels, so a pair each of Zipp's and Reynold's are quickly rounded up for a completely un-scientific and subjective test of their build qualities and smoothness. No need to get into specifics, as the results were as conclusive as one can get without a real testing protocol. The Campagnolo wheels spin longer and with less 'bounce' than either of the other two. Build quality is superb, with spokes to equal and perfect tension and with the Campagnolo spoke alignment, aero spokes are all exactly parallel to the rim. I have the very first generation Campagnolo Proton wheels with tens of thousand of kilometres to their credit and have never needed truing. These seem even better sorted out. This is astounding, since these are the 'cheap' models. They 'only' have ceramic bearings in aluminum hubs, not the CULT bearings in carbon fibre hubs. Therefore, these wheels weight 20 grammes or so more than the more expensive Ultra 50's and yet appear to be identical in every other respect. I know the CULT bearings spin better (I have a pair of Ultra 80's for TT's), but for a full thousand dollars less, I get 90% of Campagnolo's best and much better than the two competitor's top of the line wheels. So what are you going to buy ? A pair of the other aero wheels touted to be the 'best' in their class, costing also a thousand more. Or buy these, and spend that thousand left over on an aero helmet and some really good tires, and have enough left over to buy a titanium cassette. In the wind tunnel you save more watts with a good helmet and these wheels, than ever so slightly better aerodynamics of the competitors. I know where my money is going. Once Summer comes to northern Ontario, I will write the final chapter on these wheels after putting some serious kilometres on them. Until then, I am most pleased with these wheels.Report this review