CP Carbon – fast, light and aero

Put simply, these are built to the same design brief as the Crystal Palace wheels but with carbon fibre rims.

Like the Crystal Palace, they’re built to be stiff, light and race-ready. But the carbon rims we’ve chosen are wider, more aerodynamic and even stiffer. They’ve got a high-temperature, graphene-infused resin braking surface with fine grooves, to grip well in the wet and resist heat build-up under heavy braking. This braking surface is the best we’ve found – it’s superb in the dry and “very good for carbon” in the wet.

CP Carbon grooved graphene braking surface

The rims are 27mm wide for excellent grip and low rolling resistance. The front has a curved 36mm deep profile for the best combination of aerodyamics even in side-winds; the rear a slightly more pointed 46mm deep profile to slice through the air. They are, of course, tubeless compatible.

Like the Crystal Palace, they’re built on Owen Wheels hubs with sealed bearings, and Sapim CX-Ray spokes for excellent weight and durability.

They’re 1420g, and £950 a pair, or another option is DT 240 hubs for £1150 at around 1445g