2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Aero Wheels

Karbon Speed Element 50/88

$1,145, Karbonspeed.com
The draw: Affordable carbon

Carbon wheels that cost less than an entry-level bike are hard to come by, but Karbonsport makes them a reality. This pair doesn’t ride as smoothly or brake with equal precision to the sets costing twice as much, but they are genuine race wheels with aero features such as spoke nipples hidden within the rim. If you’re dying to have carbon rims and want to do it on a budget, these are the real deal at a discount.

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