27149現役的輪組有Mavic Ksyrium跟Campagnolo Eurus G3(個人感受,聽聽就好,別認真)
為了配置Specialized 9速Shimano購入的第一代的Ksyrium SSC,有著與一般細鋼絲不同的魅力,強度一流,重量OK,是開始騎公路車後的第一組原廠輪組,耐用是它給我最好的印象,使用到現在無偏擺,算是堅守本分.
後來組了鋼管可樂果,因應Campy Record 10速而購入的Eurus G3輪組,粗壯的鋁合金輪輻.CNC車削的輪框,加上後輪G3的編法,抽車時感覺比Ksyrium剛性好些,重量也是1500 gram左右.悅耳響亮的脊輪聲音.彷彿像是對於二代的Ksyrium SL自傲的挑釁.
為了接下來的全碳車,選的是Campy centaur入門系統,輪組為了不跟Eurus功能重複.(所以Fulcrum Racing 0/Racing 1就不考慮了),預計從中板碳纖維輪組或者鋁合金low profile的爬坡鋁輪組二者取一.
碳纖維版輪:LW,Campy Bora 1305 gram/Hyperon ultra1350 gram,Fulcrum Racing Speed 1300 gram/ Light 1370 gram,Mavic Cosmic Ultra這些天價級的利器就不考慮了,因為口袋太淺了.
再來Mavic Cosmic SL, Dura ace, FSA....一想到黏管胎與破胎的不方便性.就有點打退堂鼓.
退一步,只能乖乖的考慮Campy Neutron 1550 gram/Neutron Ultra 1470 gram嗎?! Mavic Ksyrium SL也取代ES而價格水帳船高,worthwhile??
Carbon fiber performance at aluminum prices
Reynolds Cycling taps into its extensive carbon fiber expertise to deliver a carbon-rimmed clincher wheelset comparable in price to most company's top aluminum offerings. Cyclingnews Tech Editor James Huang packs on the miles to see if the Attack can hold its own against the big boys.
Reynolds cycling 藉由其廣泛碳纖維的專業技術,開發出了碳纖維框的內胎款輪組,相較於其他廠牌的頂級鋁框輪組,價格相仿.Cyclingnews的技術編輯 James Huang累積了一定的里程數來測試看看Attack輪組在大隻車手的蹂躪下,是否能保有性能.
Reynolds Cycling is a virtual household name in cycling by virtue of the company's superb Ouzo Pro carbon fiber road fork, which continues to offer a near-perfect balance of light weight,comfort, handling precision, and proven reliability. Yet in spite of that product's near-iconic success, only a wise few are aware that Reynolds Cycling also offers an array of excellent carbon fiber components, including an entire family of forks, handlebars, seatpost, and a comprehensive assortment of wheelsets using both carbon and aluminum rims.
事實上Reynold cycling 是以該公司一流的Ouzo專業碳纖維公路前叉(在輕量,舒適度,操控精準性與可靠性上,提供了近乎完美的平衡.),因而在單車界家喻戶曉.然而不管近來成功形象的產品,只有少數聰明的人知道R還提供了整系列包含前叉.把手.座管與碳纖維/鋁材輪組等...優秀的碳纖維組件.
Reynolds Cycling offers up the Attack carbon clincher wheelset Photo ©: James Huang
That relative anonymity is rapidly fading, though. We don't know who lit the fire, but Reynolds Cycling has made a marked push to enhance its visibility through several means, including professional team sponsorships (such as the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis, Team Volksbank Professional Cycling, and our very own Team DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed squad), a number of new products, and a bold new logo that screams, rather than whispers, the company logo.
然而其他相對不出名的產品迅速的消聲匿跡. 我們不清楚是誰點燃的這把火,但是R的確已經從幾個如贊助職業車隊的方法來推展,增加產品的能見度. R新的產品也藉由呼嘯似引人注目放大的新品牌標,來取代原本像是低聲細語的舊品牌標.
Among the new offerings is the Attack, a US$1200 carbon-rimmed clincher wheelset that promises to offer much of the benefit of Reynolds Cycling's more premium-level models but at a price that racers with kids in college might actually be able to afford (well, maybe if they're in a public school… and they qualify for in-state tuition).
R所提供的產品中Attack是一組保證以USD$1200 的價位提供R其他高檔定位輪組一般優點碳的纖維框Clincher輪組. 就算是仍有在學小孩的家庭,經濟狀況也可以負擔. (恩...可能是要公立學校,還拿到獎學金吧?!)
Little brother to the MV32C
Naturally, Reynolds Cycling takes full advantage of its carbon engineering and manufacturing expertise for its new wheelset: the Attack rim wears the same 32mm-deep aero shape and full carbon clincher construction as the MV32C, but a different fiber lay up schedule reduces costs while adding only slightly more weight (430g vs. 400g). In addition to being lightweight, the impressive 150psi maximum inflation pressure (the folks at Vredestein should be pleased) suggests that the rims are robust as well.
R自然的運用碳纖維工程/製造上的專業技術在新輪組上. Attack框用與MV32C雷同的32mm空氣力學Clincher結構的全碳纖維框,但是不同碳纖維堆疊技術降低了成本卻增加了些微的重量(Attack 430g, mv32C 400g).另外為了達成輕量化,令人印象深刻最高達150psi胎壓的規格(荷蘭 穩得勝胎的同仁應該會為此感到高興=>Vredestein,手工高壓胎廠商是也) ,也表示著這框也是非常堅固的.
Bigger and better! Photo ©: James Huang
Much of the cost savings for the Attack lie in the Taiwanese-made KT hubs, which utilize sealed cartridge bearings, large-diameter aluminum axles, and an aluminum freehub body (available in both Shimano and Campy-compatible varieties) with six individually-sprung pawls. Before you label these as generics, we should mention that slight variations of these hubs (and the internal mechanism) are used in no fewer than four other wheelsets we've either tested previously or are testing currently, in both road and off-road flavors. Regardless, the hubs are impressively lightweight at 120g/250g for the front/rear, respectively.
Reynolds Cycling joins the two with DT Swiss 14/15g butted stainless steel spokes in a 20h radial front and 24h radial/two-cross rear pattern, and the spoke nipples are internally located for better aerodynamics, enhanced rim strength, and a cleaner look. When all is said and done, the total weight for our test wheelset is 1502g (688g/844g front/rear, without skewers), or roughly 100g heavier than the MV32C and at an enormous cost savings of about 40%. Skewers, rim strips, tire levers, valve extenders, carbon-specific brake pads (to fit Shimano-style holders only), and even a spoke wrench are even all included with the decidedly value-oriented package. Wow.
R使用DT Swiss 14 g/15 g的抽管不銹鋼輪幅,前輪以20幅放射直拉方式編製,後輪以24幅交錯方式編製.輪幅接頭裝置在框內以增進流體力學,輪框強度以及造就清爽的外觀. 說了這麼多,我們測試輪組的總重量為1502 gram( 不含快拆,前後輪各重688 g/844 g), 約比MV32C重了100 g, 卻明顯的省下了您40%的荷包. 快拆,襯帶,拆胎棒, 氣嘴延長接頭,碳纖維特殊煞車塊 (只適用於Shimano的煞車塊座...真的假的,那如果是Campy的使用者怎麼辦捏?!),甚是連輪幅板手也都隨著這組絕對物超所值導向的輪組附給消費者.
On the attack with, er, the Attack
The Attack's 1502g total weight may not seem all that exciting on paper as compared to some of its competition, but the carbon rim construction imparts a number of benefits that simple numbers don't convey all that well. For starters, the light 430g rim weight mimics the feel of a dedicated climbing wheelset, but the aerodynamic 32mm section depth makes it much easier to keep the needle pinned at speed. By comparison, an aluminum rim with similar dimensions would typically lie closer to the 500g mark or give up a substantial amount of strength and rigidity.
與其他attack競爭對手比要起來,Attack 1502 g的書面數據看起來也不全然讓人覺得興奮.但是碳纖維輪框結構,給予車手的優勢/優點卻是簡單的重量數字顯現不出來的. 一開始,輕量的430 g框提供像是專門爬坡輪組的感受,但是符合流體力學的32mm板寬,讓人容易維持速度.比較起來,同框高的鋁合金輪組接近500g而且會損失一切強度與剛性.
Reynolds Cycling uses a "woven scrim" layer Photo ©: James Huang
In addition, the carbon fiber rim isn't just lighter than a comparable aluminum hoop, it's also more rigid and yields that uniquely damped 'riding on carpet' feel that only carbon can produce. Moreover, Reynolds Cycling says there's no rider weight limit associated with the 20f/24r spoke count (its beefiest build for a road wheelset), and the wheelset certainly feels plenty solid.
另外,碳纖維框不僅祇是比相同的鋁框重量輕而已. 碳框還提供了剛性外,且提供只有碳框才有的獨特"騎在地毯上"阻尼感. 除此之外, R表示前20/後24編法的產品並無體重的限制. (對公路輪組來說是很健狀的體格) 以及輪組無疑的讓人感受到充分的堅固感.
Reynolds Cycling could have gone with Photo ©: James Huang
Finally, the carbon construction should also pay dividends in terms of durability. Unlike a malleable aluminum hoop, the Attack's carbon rim won't deform from impact and should require less truing over time. Ok, fine, it'll have more of a tendency to crack instead, but it will probably take much more force to do so. Indeed, we hammered our test set over endless stretches of washboard-like dirt roads (and even some trails…) with nary a wobble to speak of.
最後,碳纖維的結構應該要承受耐用性的考驗. 與具有延展性的鋁框不同的, Attack碳框不會因撞擊而變形所以應該需要比較少的校正時間. 沒錯, Attack反而有破裂的可能,但要造成這樣的結果需要更大的撞擊力量. 確實我們把測試輪組在向前延伸狀似洗衣板樣子的泥土路操練 (甚是有車的輪跡),直得一提的是一點晃動也沒有.
Braking performance in dry conditions was very good with the included carbon-specific Baradine pads and overall stopping power and modulation was easily on par with an aluminum rim. However, the pads have a tendency to produce an ear-piercing howl once hot (who called the banshees?!) and they also seemed to wear quickly. Unfortunately, we weren't able to test the braking performance in the wet, though (curse this arid Colorado weather).
乾燥狀況下,使用專屬碳纖維煞車塊的煞車效能非常好.整體的制動力與調整容易度就像一般的鋁合金框輪組一樣.不過煞車塊當過熱時候,有製造刺耳噪吼叫噪音的傾向,而且似乎磨損的很快. 不幸的,我們無法測試潮濕狀況下的煞車效能. (只能詛咒這乾燥的Colorado鬼天氣)
The off-branded hubs will likely still stand as a point of concern, but the rest of the wheelset performed their duties admirably and without fuss throughout the test. In spite of their lack of cachet, the KT hubs started out rolling smoothly and stayed that way throughout the test period, and the six-pawl driver mechanism never uttered an inappropriate peep. Moreover, the freehub internals are easily accessible when maintenance is finally needed, and bearings are standard items that can be replaced with reasonable ease (or upgraded to aftermarket hybrid ceramic ones if so desired).
沒有品牌的花鼓很可能是最被關心的點,但是輪組其他的部分仍表現的令人稱許,整個測試中也沒有任何的困擾. 即使花鼓沒有大品牌的封印, KT花鼓開始時轉動的很滑順,測試期間也保持同樣的狀況. 六個獨立彈簧的防逆轉爪也不曾發出不恰當的吱吱叫. 此外飛輪本體如果後來需要維修時也是容易處理的.花鼓陪林也是市售標準件,需要更換時也不費吹灰力. (想要升級陶瓷陪林也是沒問題的喇)
The Attack is a good value on its own already, Photo ©: James Huang
The only remaining maintenance issue lies with the internal spoke nipples which require the removal of the tire, tube, and rim strip in the event that truing is required. Reynolds Cycling has a valid justification for the design, though, saying that the smaller spoke hole required yields a higher strength rim and a higher spoke tension so this is likely something that the end user will just have to live with as a tradeoff. Thankfully, it doesn't appear that truing would be needed all that often so this may be a moot issue.
唯一剩下維修的問題是再輪組需要校正時,內置式的輪幅接頭讓你需要把輪胎,內胎,襯帶都先拆下來. 儘管R對這樣的設計有合理化的辯解-碳框上較小的輪幅孔可以產生較高強度的輪框與輪幅張力.這也是使用者需要高強度而面對的一種妥協. 所幸,顯然也不是那麼的需要校正輪組.所以這算是判決無罪的小問題唄?!
Snappy feel, aero speed, light weight… what's not to love?
To be honest, there isn't much room for improvement here. The lack of bladed spokes to go along with the aero rim is a bit of a disappointment for a US$1200 wheelset, but it's far from a deal breaker and the carbon rim offers up real advantages over aluminum. Otherwise, Reynolds Cycling's Attack wheels are suitably lightweight, speedy, and seem to hold up well. To sweeten the deal, they are even a rather comprehensive package having nearly all of the necessary ancillary bits included, and all for a rather reasonable cost. Sounds like a winner in our book.
老實說,Attack沒有很大的改進空間.對售價USD$1200的輪組缺乏寬扁輪幅來搭配這空氣力學的碳框有點讓人失望.但這也沒有造成不抵買的原因,因為碳纖維輪框比鋁框所能提供的更多的實際優勢. 不同的,R Attack輪組是適當的輕量,具有速度感且似乎容易維持不錯動能. 更抵買的是R Attack這無所不包的輪組套裝,幾乎將所有需要的補充小零件/工具都包含在內了,且這些仍控制在合理的價位內....聽起正是我們所認可的勝利者.
Weight: 1502g (688g/844g front/rear, without skewers)
Pros: Snappy acceleration, good aerodynamics, stiff and robust rim, unique ride quality
Cons: Non-aero spokes, somewhat questionable long-term durability and parts availability of off-brand hubs