Mad Fiber Clincher Road
Roll it: For unadulterated fun
Keep looking: If you want the smoothest ride
Braking: Stopping performance falls in the middle of the wheels tested. Riders found modulation to be good (for a carbon wheel), but the Mad Fibers fall behind a bit when trying to burn speed off quickly to descend as fast as possible.
Cornering and acceleration: Start rocking the bike back and forth on a steep climb or short sprint, and the Mad Fiber wheelset comes to life. “The wheels never bend no matter how hard they’re pushed,” said a tester. “Super stiff” is how another described the ride feel. Every tester agreed these wheels are a thrill to ride thanks to their ability to accelerate instantaneously, and their impressively slim weight helped contribute to the responsive feeling.
Road feel: As the only wheels in this review with a narrow brake track, Mad Fiber’s clinchers have a ride smoothness hurdle to overcome. The wheels are not as buttery as the Bontrager, but we did a bonus back-to-back ride test comparing them to typical spoked clincher training wheels and found the Mad Fibers to be noticeably smoother. Testers felt a little less stable riding these wheels in the wind than the others, especially when gusts were irregular.
Overall: Struggled over shallower yaw angles in the tunnel, but excelled at wide angles. Thrilling acceleration.