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Everyday Race Wheels

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Dec 8, 2011
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen


Profile Design Altair Semi Carbon Clincher 52
1756 grams, 52mm deep
$1,575, Profile-design.com

The Altair Semi Carbon Clinchers split the difference between the conventional rim width of the American Classic wheels and the ultra-broad profiles of the Bontragers and Hed wheels. Their 21mm-wide rims increase tire volume and help moderately dampen road vibration on straightaways and through bends. The wheels have a firm, laterally resilient feel, possibly because of the structural carbon rim. Combining the structural rim with the moderately high-volume tire bed give the Altair 52s an interesting combination of acceleration, ride quality and agility through technical descents.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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