60mm backup wheel
60mm backup wheel
60mm backup wheel
60mm backup wheel
60mm backup wheel
60mm backup wheel

60mm backup wheel

Regular price 1,199.00 Save -1,199.00
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FIND OUT WHAT REAL RIDERS THINK OF OUR CARBON WHEELS


(Note we display prices in your currency for your information.  You will always see a USD amount at check out) 

These carbon bike wheels suit...

  • Road cyclist: I ride whenever I can, I want to look awesome and I tend to like to drop some serious watt bombs on my buddies.  Hills are not my friend unless I am descending!
  • Triathlon / TT rider: I want wheels I can ride all the time but I'm not riding around on a rear 88 all the time!

Not you? See our Which Wheels? pages for Roadie/CX or TT/Tri racing

(Rim brake models shown - DISC brake versions also available - see Hub options above) 

Wheelscience - All the performance, 1/2 the price 

ELEMENTAL 60MM ZIPP 404 Firecrest
List Price. $1099 $2,100
Weight - Tubular. 1364 grams 1505 grams
Weight - Clincher. 1544 grams 1690 grams
Rim depth. 60mm 58mm
Rim width at brake track. 24.8mm 24.7mm
Max rim width. 26.7mm 26.5mm
Spokes Sapim® Sapim®
Nipples - Type External External
Nipples - Brand Sapim® Sapim®
Max rider weight 125kgs / 275lbs 114kgs / 250lbs
Max pressure (clincher)  125psi 125psi
Warranty 2 years 2 years
DT Swiss 240 Hubs Yes: +$350 Aftermarket

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Wheelscience - All the performance, 1/2 the price 

Why do our carbon bike wheels cost so much less?  We ship directly from our factory to you.  No less quality, just fewer middlemen!

The ELEMENTAL wheel series from Wheelscience has been developed with one thing in mind.  Uncompromising performance in all conditions. From the cutting-edge, race proven U-Tech rim to the incorporation of ceramic bearings as standard in the wheel, nothing has been left to chance.

The U-Tech rim performs incredibly well at all wind angles, the varying 25-27mm rim profile ensures the best possible handling and lowest possible drag at higher yaw angles. The combination of ceramic fibre brake surface inlays and high-temperature resin delivers fail-safe stopping ability in all conditions, hot and cold, wet or dry.

Our unique carbon layup means our rims are incredibly strong so we can put our spokes under higher tensions, meaning stiffer, stronger bike wheels.  This translates into greater power transfer to the road from the rear wheel and amazingly responsive handling from the front.  Our carbon wheels will never flex and cause annoying brake rub under acceleration.

At the heart of the wheel is the hub.  The standard ELEMENTAL wheelscience hub mixes simplicity with high-end performance.  A  freehub that gives almost instant engagement and hybrid ceramic bearings (Ceramic balls matched with vacuum-degassed alloy races) give very low rolling resistance and incredibly long life.  Our hubs are fully serviceable. We use a 20/24 spoke count for the perfect balance of strength and weight on our standard hub, and 24/28 on our disc brakes.

We offer a full range of disc brakes options on our spoked wheels.

By popular demand, we offer DT Swiss 240 hubs as an option across our range of spoked wheels

Hubs are shimano 10/11s compatible, for Campaq, please add a note to your order.

All wheels ship with brake pads, skewers and rim tape (clinchers)

 

Questions?

Phone or email Peter, use our live chat or try our Wheel Selection Questionnaire to help you choose the perfect wheel.  

 

 

 

At Wheelscience we use best of breed technology to delivery you outstanding performance. No compromise, ever.

Materials

We only us Torayca carbon fibre.  Toray Industries of Japan is without question the global leader in carbon materials.  We use two types of their fibre.

T700 carbon fibre from TORAYCA® is considered the gold standard in industrial fibre.  While more recent advances in carbon have led to the development of T800 and T1000 fibres, both of these are actually too rigid to be used alone.  Our Everest rims use a blend of T700 and T800 as do our Elemental SL wheels, while the Elemental and Vortex rims are 100% T700.

Ultra Carbon

Our new ultra carbon rims take weight saving and strength to an entirely new level.  By producing rims that effectively come out of the molds ready to ride, that require no finishing, not clear coating we can take over 100 grams off the rims.

Road Rim configurations

Our Elemental, Elemental SL and Everest wheels are available as Clincher, Tubeless-ready clincher and Tubular.  For tire pressure recommendations please see our FAQ page.

MTB rim graphene infusion

We infuse our MTB rim resin with graphene particles to remove the microscopic air bubbles that form as part of the production process.   The removal of these increases the impact resistance of the rims by almost 20% while adding only 6 grams in weight.  An excellent trade off.

Interesting rim facts

We conduct various tests on our rims as you would expect.  Some of the more interesting outcomes are the following:

Our spoke holes are tested to over 350 kilogram force (over 800lbs).  This means we use a mechanical set up to apply that much pull force to a spoke set up in a rim section.  That is 200-300% of the load they will be exposed to in day-to-day use.

We crush test our rims (unspoked) to 600kgs without failure, that is almost 1500lbs.

Our testing is incredibly comprehensive to ensure your wheels will give you years of trouble free use.

Spokes and nipples

We exclusively use Sapim secure lock nipples.  Made from the highest quality materials and renowned for their light weight and longevity.

Wheelscience carbon spokes

Available only in the Ethereal 1 wheels our carbon spokes weight less than 3 grams each (1/2 that of a pillar spoke) yet are even stronger!

Pillar 1423 spokes

Our Elemental and Vortex wheels use Pillar 1423 spokes.  They are J pull for our own rim brake hubs or straight pull for disc brake or DT hubs.

They are made from SANDVIK T302 stainless steel and weight around 6.5 grams (size dependent).

The aero profile offering superior drag reduction shown below:

 

Sapim CX-ray

Considered by many to be the best aero spokes available, while also taking into account their weight - around only 4.25 grams!  Available as J bend or straight pull subject to hub selection.

 

 

DT Champion

We use DT Swiss' workhorse Champion spokes in our mountain bike wheels.  The DT cold forging process and precision production processes give outstanding long term reliability and performance in the off road world.

Hubs

It goes without saying that hubs are the heart of any wheel.  So at Wheelscience we have taken steps to ensure ours are not only cost effective but also easy to service and extremely long lasting.

Ethereal 1 hubs

An all carbon shell and brand new rachet internals mean our Ethereal hubs give unmatched weight and rigidity to our flagship wheels.

Elemental ceramic hubs (rim brake)

Used in both our Elemental and Everest series wheels our hubs are CNC machined aluminium with TPI ceramic bearings. The front hub weighs just 80 grams and the rear only 210 grams, yet due to the geometry they allow us to build a very stiff and responsive wheel.

Bearing sizes are as follows:

Front hub: 2x699 (9x20x6mm)
Rear hub: 3x6802 (15x24x5mm) and 1x6902(15x28x7mm)

Wheelscience disc brake hubs

When we looked at launching our disc brake hubs we assessed what was already available to us and selected the highly regarded Novatec D411SB/D412SB hubs to build into our wheels.  With excellent reliability and reduced weight (front 85 grams, rear 232 grams - 12mm centrelock version) we have been very pleased with that choice.  With regards to price, reliability and serviceability these are an excellent choice.

Bearing sizes are as follows:

Front hub: 2 X 6803 (26mm x 17mm x 5mm)
Rear hub: 4 X 6209 (15267) (15mm x 26mm x 7mm)

 

DT Swiss hubs

Due to popular demand we offer DT Swiss 350, 240 and the amazing 180 hubs on our Everest and Elemental ranges.  All with the new EXP ratchet system.

For up to date information on these hubs please see the DT SWISS WEBSITE

 

 

 

Aerodynamics

In 1991 Steve Hed patented the toroidal wheel shape.  Ever since then it has been (and is still) considered the pinnacle of spoked wheel aerodynamics.  The patent is no longer active and all shape-related innovations since that time have built upon that discovery.

This is why we know we have industry-best technology built into our rims.

The toroidal profile used in the Elemental series and the Everest series provide outstanding aero performance and stability in cross winds.  

Elemental profile

Everest profile

For the more budget-conscious, or for those of you taking your first step into the carbon wheel world we offer the Vortex series.  These wheels use the classic V shaped profile, still favored by Lightweight wheels in Germany, makers of some of the world's most highly regarded wheels.

Time savings

You can read all about our time savings and performance testing on THIS PAGE.  We believe our wheels offer as good aerodynamic performance as any other wheels available on the market.

 

 

Lifetime Warranty

All our wheels come with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing faults.  You will not buy a wheel from us that is not 100% perfect.

Having a lifetime warranty is a pretty big deal both for you as a customer and for us as a manufacturer.  So let's break it down in detail, so you understand exactly what we mean.

Rim

Your rim will arrive in perfect condition, and other than wear and tear will remain in perfect condition for the entire time you own your wheels (see note below on brake surface).

Spokes and nipples

We supply spare spokes and nipples in case they are required.  

Brake surface

You will not experience a heat related failure* as long as you either use our brake pads.  They are available here or you can select extra sets with your purchase, which is what we recommend as that option is cheaper. 

You MUST install your brake pads at least 2mm below the top of the rim to ensure good braking and longevity of the surface.

Please do not use stock "carbon pads" from your bike shop. 

*This is valid to 20,000 kms or two years.  Note, your brake surface will wear out over time and should be inspected for signs of wear or grit-related damage.

Hub shell

Your hub shell will never fail due to a manufacturing related problem.

Hub bearings

Your bearings are sealed and will be maintenance-free for 2 years under normal circumstances.  Heavy off-road usage, combined with excessive use of degreaser may impact this.  Please do not use WD40 or similar anywhere near you hub bearings.

 

The bottom line is, we want you to have a trouble-free experience with our wheels and will take care of anything that we are responsible for.  We are not responsible for normal wear and tear.

 

SHIPPING YOUR BIKE WHEELS IS EASY - AND IT'S FREE!

We ship almost everywhere in the world.  

******UPDATE - Until further notice we are now shipping all wheels by premium courier services at no extra cost.  We will use either UPS, DHL or FedEx depending upon who has the best service on any given day.******

Shipping Times.

Stock wheels will usually ship with 24 hours of order.

Built to order wheels ship within 10-12 working days of your order being placed. 12-14 working days for full carbon disc wheels. 

We will keep you up to date when they are dispatched and provide you with a tracking number if available.

Countries we have shipped to.

Since we launched in 2014 we have shipped thousands of wheels all around the world.  Here is a list of the countries we have delivered to so far.

Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China (mainland and Taiwan), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Vietnam.

 

Our most popular destinations are below.

 Country

Process

Australia

Free delivery by Auspost or premium delivery by FedEX to your door. You pay GST via your payment to us, nothing for you to do.  We do all the paperwork in the background.  EASY!

 

USA

Free delivery to you directly by USPS or premium delivery by FedEX.  Currently no Import duty is payable.  No Sales Tax is payable.

 

Canada

Free delivery to you by Canada post or premium delivery by FedEX.  Tax is GST @5% but we hardly ever hear that is actually applied but we refund it if it is.

 

UAE

Free delivery to you by Emirates post or premium delivery by FedEX.  Official import tax is 5% but we hardly ever hear that is actually applied but we refund it if it is.

 

Singapore

Free delivery to you by Singapore post or premium delivery by FedEX.  Tax is GST @7% but we hardly ever hear that is actually applied but we refund it if it is.

 

Europe (Inc UK)

Your parcel will be delivered by your local postal service or UPS with no more to pay. We use a freight forwarder, so no VAT or duty is payable.

Premium delivery by FedEX where we refund you the duty payable when the wheels arrive.