Reynolds is primarily known for their Paul Lew-developed higher end carbon fiber aero wheels, but they’ve had a few budget alloy offerings for a bit.
Now, the low- and mid-level Solitude and Shadow will have a higher end big brother in the Solace, a 1400g wheelset that’ll retail for just $950. Even better than the dollar-per-gram ratio is the feature list: Bladed straight pull spokes, which Reynolds’ marketing director Rob Aguero says greatly improves stiffness, laced to Stan’s NoTubes licensed BST road tubeless rims.
Spoke count is 20 front, 24 rear, mostly in a straight pull config. Rims are 22.6mm deep and have a 17mm/20mm inside/outside width. From Aguero:
“The solace is your go anywhere, do anything wheel for road or cyclocross. The rim features a wide inside cavity and short sidewalls allowing for lower tire pressure benefits, and a smooth ride. The wheel utilizes Stans’ NoTubes Bead Socket Technology (BST) allowing the flexibility of using tubed or tubeless tires.”