Elitewheels Drive Helix 46D Road Bike Wheels

Elitewheels Drive Helix 46D Road Bike Wheels
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Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons

  • Ultimate aero climbing wheelset, featuring amazing stability during descends and a low weight of only 1310 grams!
  • The rim height varies from 39 to 46 mm to retain the rigidity of a high rim and the stability in windy conditions of a low rim.
  • These wheels have been optimised for 28-30 mm tyres to mimimize rolling and air resistance.
  • The hubs contain ceramic bearings. The titanium body prevents the cassette from damaging it.
  • Ratchet system with a three degree engagement angle for the most immediate power transfer.
  • Carbon spokes are a tad more susceptible to impact damage than rvs spokes, but the wheelset comes with some extra spokes.

Specifications

Specifications

Brand
Elitewheels
Type of wheel
Wheelset
Weight provided by manufacturer
1335 grams
Rim Material
Carbon
Rim Depth
F:39-43MM R:42-46MM
Rim Width (internal)
21 mm
Rim Width
F:31.8mm R:30.8mm
Tyre Type
Folding tyre / Tubeless
Wheel characteristic(s)
Lightweight climbing wheels / Aerodynamic wheels
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Description

Description

The EliteWheels Drive Helix 46D road bike wheels for disc brakes are designed to be the ultimate climbing wheelset. These Elitewheels Drive Helix 46D road bike wheels are extremely light at only 1310 grams. They feature a special, undulating rim profile which varies between 39 and 46 mm in height. This gives you the advantage in rigidity and power transfer of a higher rim, as well as increased stability under windy conditions you expect from a low rim.

The Evolution hubs feature ceramic bearings from Taiwanese brand TPI, for an extremely low rolling resistance and great durability. The hubs are sealed well to protect them from water and dirt, and the titanium body is well protected against being dug into by the cassette. These wheels also feature a completely redesigned ratchet system. The Evolution Helical Dual Ratchet body system has an engagement angle of only 3° and features 120 points of engagement.

The width of the rim differs between the front and the rear wheel. The wider rim on the front wheel improves airflow and stability, while the narrower rear wheel is optimised to drain airflow. It's hard to believe that Elitewheels has created a wheelset with such an amazing combination of rigidity, wind stability, and low weight, but it's true! All of these features are well suited to high-speed descends, because these wheels retain their stability well under these conditions.

Technology

Rims
The Drive Helix 46D wheelset is optimised to meet the requirements of the modern road cyclist. Aerodynamic, lightweight, rigid, strong and stable in crosswinds, these wheels have everything you need to get your speed and performance to the next level. The rims are made of uni-directional carbon fibres. Consisting from a mixture of Japanese Toray T700 and T800 fibres, these rims perfectly combine rigidity, weight and strength. The patented undulating rim profile is inspired by nature and improves stability in windy conditions. The wheels are optimised for 28 to 30 mm tyres. The wider rim on the front wheel improves air flow and stability. The combined depths of the front and rear rim combine aerodynamics, a low weight and improve control over the bike.

Spokes
The 5.2 mm carbon spokes are the most aerodynamic ones available and contribute to the speed and efficiency of these wheels. They're replacable and don't experience spoke twist, so they're always in the most optimal position. Every single aspect of wheel design was carefully considered in producing the Drive Helix 46D wheelset. Elitewheels made the decision to use newer, more aerodynamic carbon spokes without compromising on weight or durability, so they weigh about 3 grams each. They're even the most aerodynamic spokes available. These spokes are even more special because, in contrast with most carbon spokes, they can be replaced just like traditional steel spokes. Their advanced design means that the Drive Helix-spokes don't lose their tension over time and don't experience spoke twist.

Evolution Hubs
Every detail was considered in the design of the Evolution hubs. The freewheel body is made from a titanium alloy, making it both lightweight and resistant to damage from the cassette. Elitewheels decided to use high-precision TPI ceramic bearings to improve durability and decrease rolling resistance. The CNC machines used in the production of these bearings have 0,02 mm tolerances, guaranteeing bearings which fit perfectly, decrease rolling resistance and have increased durability.

Evolution Helical Dual Ratchet system
The Evolution Helical Dual Ratchet system is unique in comparison to other available ratchet body systems. This freewheel mechanism uses a spiral-shaped driving mechanism, which uses pedalling power to make the ratchets engage. This prevents the skidding and slipping that can occur when wear is combined with high-power pedalling on other ratchet systems. This system also features a spring with a relatively low tension, which lessens the wear and tear experienced by the ratchet teeth, so they'll last longer. The hub also uses two separate ratchet mechanisms with a 60-teeth offset, making this hub the hub with the lowest engagement angle available on the market, at only 3° or 120 points of engagement.

Testing aerodynamics
At Elitewheels, they understand how important it is that your wheels feel as good out on the road as they look on paper after aerodynamic testing. Aside from over 20 laboratory tests in the factory, Elitewheels also uses CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tests and has their wheels tested by professional riders and teams in races. CDF allows the wheels to be optimised for aerodynamics before the first prototype has even been produced. During the design phase, a series of highly advanced computer simulations were performed, which lasted hundreds of hours each. The wheels are ready for stress tests in the laboratory only when the engineers are satisfied. After development was completed, the wheels were then tested both by Elitewheels themselves and professional road cyclists. Elitewheels collaborates with sponsored, continental professional teams and UCI cyclists. Their experience, combined with the hundreds of thousands of kilometers they spend cycling on these wheels, gives Elitewheels a unique perspective on wheel design.

Delivery includes

• EliteWheels Drive Helix 46D wheelset
• Tubeless rim tape (preinstalled)
• Tubeless valves (preinstalled)
• 4x extra Carbon spokes
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Type of wheel Wheelset Wheelset / Front Wheel / Rear Wheel Wheelset Wheelset
Weight provided by manufacturer 1335 grams 1505 grams 1569 grams 1485 grams
Rim Material Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon
Rim Depth F:39-43MM R:42-46MM 37 mm 45 mm 33 mm
Rim Width (internal) 21 mm 21 mm 21 mm 19 mm
Rim Width F:31.8mm R:30.8mm 28 mm 28 mm 26 mm
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All specifications

General

Brand
Elitewheels
Type of wheel
Wheelset
Weight provided by manufacturer
1335 grams
Tyre Type
Folding tyre / Tubeless
Wheel characteristic(s)
Lightweight climbing wheels / Aerodynamic wheels
Brake Type
Disc - Centerlock
Colour
Black
Decal Colour
Grey

Wheels & Tyres

Tyre width recommended by Mantel
28 to 32 mm
Required valve length
> 60 mm
Hookless?
No

Components

Rim Material
Carbon
Spoke Material
Carbon
Nipple Material
Aluminum
Spoke Type
Straight Pull
Nipple Type
External
Number of spokes in front wheel
21
Number of spokes in rear wheel
24
Bearing Type
Industrial

Size

Wheel Size
28 inch (700c)

Sizes

Rim Depth
F:39-43MM R:42-46MM
Rim Width (internal)
21 mm
Rim Width
F:31.8mm R:30.8mm
Axle System Rear Hub
142 x 12 mm axle
Axle System Front Hub
100 x 12 mm axle
Suitable tyre width
25 mm / 28 mm / 30 mm / 32 mm / 33 mm / 35 mm / 37 mm / 38 mm

Other

Warranty
3 years
Extended warranty
No
Crash Replacement
Yes
Collection
2024

Included in the delivery

Quick Releases included
No
Wheel bags included
No