While companies like Mavic and Shimano are still using aluminum bonded to carbon for their clinchers and Zipp has only recently created an all carbon clincher, direct to consumer brand, William’s Cycling, has debuted one of the most comprehensive line ups of full carbon clinchers on the market.
With four different rim depths available Williams' goal is to provide a carbon clincher for every rider, from the TT or Tri specialist, to the lightweight mountain goat: 58mm, 38mm and 20mm with an 85mm rim available very soon.
Using a close relationship with their far east manufacturer and the feedback gleaned from their Elite racing team, William’s Cycling feels confident they have created very light and reliable high performance wheels at a very attractive price point. $999 buys you any wheel in this carbon clincher line and every one of them is hand built.
The 58mm and 38mm rims are depths Williams has done before but the new rim is next generation, significantly lighter and stiffer than the previous versions, which were no slouches themselves. The System 58 is 1624 grams while the System 38 is only 1463-grams. These weights, the 38mm specifically, match up very competitively to just about any carbon clincher currently in the market and within $1000 of their price.
The new wheel in the line up is perhaps the most exciting.The System 20 is an absolute sliver of a carbon hoop and tips the scales at only 1260-grams. This is ultra light territory, typically only achieved by tubulars. For a dedicated climber this could truly be a one wheel solution. The System 20 does come with a fairly lightweight limit of 170 pounds, but our experience with Williams' previous wheels leads us to believe a rider right at this limit will still find the wheels extremely reliable.
Williams Cycling uses hybrid ceramic bearings standard in all their hubs, and includes Skewers, Swiss Stop pads, stylish carbon look rimtape and extenders. For more info or to purchase: www.williamscycling.com
Peloton magazine has a set of 58’s, 38’s and 20’s and will be putting them all through long term tests. Look for those results this winter.