I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, so I’ll apologize, because you’re going to hear it again. Without doubt, wheels are one of the best areas on your bike to upgrade. Any experienced cyclist will tell you that if you’ve got dollars burning a hole in your pocket, there is no better component on your bike to throw money at than a new set of hoops.
Providing you get the right option, a lighter, stiffer, or more aerodynamic wheelset can transform the overall ride quality of your bike. When you ride, your wheels are constantly rotating. Compared to a static item on your bike such as a handlebar or brake calliper, a wheelset comprises a rotating mass that needs to be accelerated and decelerated thousands of times on every ride. Therefore, even a relatively small drop in weight from your tyre or rim can result in a noticeable change to your bike’s ability to pickup speed.
Of course aerodynamics and stiffness are important too, because wheels are the direct link between your pedals, handlebar and the road. Even the most high-end race bikes on the market will ride like a bag of bones if they’re fitted with a heavy and floppy wheelset. The good news though? Upgrading the wheelset on an entry-level road bike can inject a serious dose of performance that you’ll immediately feel out on the road.
Do the Novatec Sprint wheels tick the upgrade box? Read on for our review!