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Product Review: Campagnolo Zonda C17 Road Clincher Wheelset

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With a redesigned rim that takes its inspiration from a growing trend towards wider tyres, the Zonda C17 model is a truly modern, high performing alloy wheelset. In addition to the wider rim profile, there are differentiated front and rear rim heights, bringing you the ideal balance of comfort and performance.

Optimised Aluminium Rim

The wider C17 rim ensures a more efficient shape of the tyre, improving cornering grip and safety while reducing aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. The new C17 rim has been structurally optimised to provide a surefooted grip on clincher tyres as well as an even better braking feel when compared with previous versions. The freehub spins silently as you enjoy time in the saddle.

Features:

  • Material: Aluminium (Rim)
  • Brake Type: Rim brake
  • Tyre Compatibility: Clincher
  • Front Hub: 16 Aerodynamic radial spokes
  • Rear Hub: 21 Aerodynamic radial spokes
  • Weight Limit: 109kg

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Wheelset Review:

I love my Campy wheels but the lack of true climbing performance has always put me off on the trek to climb on Col de Lassen (or anywhere with sharp rock gardens) in a race. The C17 on my Col De Lassen has been able to cope with that switch we’ve all had to make in a climbing race. I know this is not a huge step up as they are not perfect yet but it does make for a much better raceflow.

K2 Cluber 2.0 29er

The Campagnolo K2 Cluber 2.0 29er is the latest model and brings with it some incredible changes to the rider aero and power delivery. The svelte 2.0 65mm wheels teeth, are designed to deliver grip in the technical and steep grades of the K2 Racecourses. It also benefits from a substantially wider and flatter wheel profile, increasing the tire’s lower aerodynamic drag and improving cornering performance.

Features:

  • Material: Aluminium (Rim)
  • Brake Type: Rim brake
  • Tyre Compatibility: Clincher
  • Front Hub: 22 Aerodynamic radial spokes
  • Rear Hub: 31 Aluminium spoke
  • Weight Limit: 125g

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Clincher Wheelset Review:

I have been riding the DS version of this bike for the past couple of years and have always been very happy with Campy for Campy products. The Cluber 2.0 has always been a stiff bike for me and that will not change with this new model. I really like the changes that happened to the frame geometry. Previous Campy bikes were so narrow, the pressure would be too tight and eventually the chain would make a lot of noise. I am also liking the way Campy has gotten the shape of the frame decently balanced with the rear tire, which will help to improve the ride even more.

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Campagnolo Zonda C17 Clincher Wheelset Review:

The K2 Cluber has great geometry for a bike of its size. Very stable in a straight line and perfect for aggressive hybrid riding. In the dirt it is even better in the right gear. The build is well thought out and the K2 Cluber is not cheap but it is well worth the money. This bike just works even better with the K2 saddle.

Cork has a long and proud history of rim brake hubs. Their products have served riders for decades and are still trusted around the world. The new K2 CRB with Shimano’s FC-M951- 45mm disc platform is no exception. The drivetrain is on the stiff side for the type of bike it is, but it is smooth and relaxed when you press the pedals. The ride is not as much of a security blanket as it might have been in the past, but the gearing is there to allow quick climbing and descending and that’s what it’s all about.

Features:

  • Material: Aluminum (Rim)
  • Brake Type: Rotor brake
  • Tyre Compatibility: Clincher
  • Front Hub: 28 Aluminium spoke
  • Rear Hub: 31 Aluminium spoke
  • Weight Limit: 114g

Cannondale Tourney 27

The Cannondale Tourney 27 is Cannondale’s bike for the road and trail. It boasts a aluminium frame designed for comfort in all conditions and a 130mm rear fork with its integrated QR axle. The 27er rig looks like a road bike with a few rails and domes thrown in for looks. It was designed with a slack geometry that has little impact on performance, so it might look strange to some. The reason the Tourney is slack is that the rear suspension is very plush with a low gear ratio. A bike with a low gear ratio is much easier to ride in the canyons and this will be disappointing to riders who prefer a stiffer bike in the crests. I tested a 27er on the MTB World Cup desert for 20kms, you can expect similar times on the saddle.

Features:

  • Material: Aluminium (Rim)
  • Brake Type: Rim brake
  • Tyre Compatibility: Clincher
  • Front Hub: 22 Aerodynamic spoke
  • Rear Hub: 26 Aerodynamic spoke
  • Weight Limit: 153g

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Clincher Wheelset Review:

Many of us think of the Cannondale Tourney as the bike of choice for going to the mountains and trail riding. I believe this is true and when you factor in a broad range of terrain for riders of all abilities, it is an excellent choice for the road and trail. The Tourney has 3 models: XCR, Tourney, and Tourney Evo. The Tourney is the top-of-the-line headset with three significant improvements over the Tourney 27: a 100mm wider front wheel and a improved rear shock. The asymmetric shape of the Tourney Suspension makes it a great bike for riding as a trail bike or down to a cafe.

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Written by Mark Adams

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