The Crystal Palace is our best-selling wheelset, named after the summer criterium series where – on any given Tuesday evening – you’re likely to find a good few sets of these whizzing round the course. They are built to be light and fast, ideal for racing or climbing, without giving away too much strength. We always say they’re much lighter than a pair of Mavic’s ubiquitous Ksyrium Elite wheels, and they handle better. Plus, they’re cheaper, and can be repaired or rebuilt if you crash or wear them out (unlike many factory wheels).
The Crystal Palace wheelset is built on lightweight Owen Wheels hubs for stability and speed, and Kinlin XR22 rims, which offer great handling and the durability of balanced rear wheel spoke tension without losing too much of the aerodynamics, with lightweight Sapim CX-Ray spokes. They are laced with a stiff and lightweight 20-spoke radial front and 24-spoke 2-cross drive-side, radial non-drive-side rear pattern.
These wheels weigh in at around 1430g, and come in at just under £500 a pair.