Elitewheels Drive Helix 57D Road Bike Wheels

Elitewheels Drive Helix 57D Road Bike Wheels
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Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons

  • One of Elitewheels most aerodynamic wheelsets, which retains its stability in windy conditions and has a low weight of a mere 1410 grams!
  • The rim depth varies between 47 and 57 mm, retaining the stability of a high rim and combining it with the wind stability of a low rim.
  • The wheels have been optimised for 28 to 30 mm tyres to mimimise air and rolling 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
1420 grams
Rim Material
Carbon
Rim Depth
F:47-52mm R:52-57mm
Rim Width (internal)
21 mm
Rim Width
F:31.8mm R:30.8mm
Tyre Type
Folding tyre / Tubeless
Wheel characteristic(s)
Aerodynamic wheels
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Description

Description

The Elitewheels Drive Helix 57D road bike wheels for disc brakes are among the most aerodynamic wheels in the Elitewheels range. The unique rim structure ensures a stable ride, even during strong crosswinds. The undulating rim profile combines the adantages of a high rim, like rigidity and power transfer, with the stability of a low rim. The rear and front wheel each have a different width, which further optimises the airflow and riding stability. The front wheel improves airflow, while the rear wheel drains it efficiently. The rim is wider than 30 mm, and the rim height varies between 47 and 57 mm, and all that weighs less than 1500 grams!

The Evolution hubs are well protected against water and dirt. The body is made from titanium, preventing it from being damaged by the cassette. The newly designed Evolution Helical Dual Ratchet body has an engagement angle of only 3°, and features 120 points of engagement for immediate power transfer. The Evolution hubs with ceramic bearings from the Taiwanese brand TPI guarantee an extremely low rolling resistance and long-term durability. The Elitewheels Drive Helix 57D wheels are the perfect choice for demanding road cyclists looking for an aerodynamic, stable, lightweight wheelset.

Technology

Rims
The Drive Helix 57D 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 68D 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 57D wheelset
• Tubeless rim tape (preinstalled)
• Tubeless valves (preinstalled)
• 4x extra Carbon spokes
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Type of wheel Wheelset Wheelset Wheelset Wheelset / Front Wheel / Rear Wheel
Weight provided by manufacturer 1420 grams 1675 grams 1495 grams 1450 grams
Rim Material Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon
Rim Depth F:47-52mm R:52-57mm 57 mm 58 mm
Rim Width (internal) 21 mm 21 mm 21 mm 23 mm
Rim Width F:31.8mm R:30.8mm 28 mm F:31.8mm R:30.8mm 28 mm
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All specifications

General

Brand
Elitewheels
Type of wheel
Wheelset
Weight provided by manufacturer
1420 grams
Tyre Type
Folding tyre / Tubeless
Wheel characteristic(s)
Aerodynamic wheels
Brake Type
Disc - Centerlock
Maximum Total Weight
125 kg
Colour
Black
Decal Colour
Grey

Wheels & Tyres

Tyre width recommended by Mantel
28 to 32 mm
Required valve length
> 80 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:47-52mm R:52-57mm
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

Brake pads included
No
Quick Releases included
No
Wheel bags included
No