Marianne Brems sent over this Review for the Velocity A23 Pro Build Wheelset. Let’s take a look!
These Velocity Pro road wheels with CX-Ray spokes have a wonderful silky smooth ride. I think the 23mm rims really do offer a noticeable improvement in ride quality over 21mm rims. Velocity says that the wider rims cause the sidewalls to be flatter and this profile means lower rolling resistance, better handling, and a slightly larger contact patch compared to standard 21mm rims. As near as I can tell all of these things are true. The only down side is that tires are somewhat difficult to install and remove.
I think another contributing factor to the excellent handling is the offset flanges of the rear hub which allows the wheel to be completely symmetrical. Well done, Velocity!
I am also pleased that Velocity has a lifetime warranty on all their wheels. This is especially meaningful to me because I have had problems with cracking rims at the spoke holes. No one seems to know why this happens because I weigh only 140 pounds and I am not an aggressive rider, but over the years I have cracked six rims from three different manufacturers. Velocity says that the off center drilling on the rear rim allows for higher spoke tension, strength, and reliability so I am hopeful that these rims will last a good long time. The spoke count is 20 radially laced front, and 24 spokes laced radial / two cross in the rear. The weight is a claimed 1400 grams. Nice.
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