Best New Wheel
After ignoring aerodynamics for far too long, the French company turned out its first genuinely aerodynamic wheelset (compared to other high-end tri race wheels) with a novel strategy to further reduce drag. The tubular-only CXR 80 came with a tire specifically designed to mesh with the rim and a rubber bumper system that filled the gap between the tire and brake track—the result was a uniquely integrated wheel-and-tire system that performed exceptionally well in wind tunnel tests. But this product has a significant drawback. The tire did not fare as well in rolling resistance tests as it did in the tunnel.
The CXR 60 C, a 60mm-deep clincher wheel with the same integrated rim-tire interface, solves that problem. Not only is it slippery in the wind, but it also performs well when it comes to rolling resistance. And the aluminum brake track provides responsive stopping performance that outstrips most carbon rims.