2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Aero Wheels

Rolf Prima TDF 4SL

$2,200, Rolfprima.com
The draw: Crazy-light yet aero

Although tubulars are losing popularity to clinchers every year, one ride on this wheelset is a strong reminder of the tubular allure. Weighing just 1,170 grams helps the TDF 4SL launch out of corners, and the elastic glue connection between tire and rim creates a whisper-smooth ride. The 26mm-wide rim keeps this wheel among the aerodynamic elite despite the relatively shallow rim. Mounting a 25mm tubular to this wheel makes it one of the most fun-riding wheelsets we’ve ever tested.

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