- Product Review (submitted on March 23, 2020):
I was looking for a budget price light carbon wheels and came across Tuffcycle wheels. The web page looked good, description and the info of the wheels looked even better, among the options of the rim depth and weight I found the perfect match for my wishes: Premium 35mm. So I decided to give it a go. Realy nice option of the Tuffcycle wheels is the option of customization from the hubs to the colours of the decals of your hart desires. Ordering proces and custimazation of the wheels is very intuitive and simple. Custom support from the team is supperb and for (I assume) small team quick to response and very helpful. Now about the wheels. There are two bigest consernes when buying carbon rim brake wheels: bracking and quality of manufacturing. 1. bracking: previusly owning alu wheels I've noticed no difference in bracking performance of the Tuff carbon wheels to that of a alu - which shoud be beter. Bracking power is the same if nor greater on these carbon wheels. Even in the wet (and I mean wet wet, 2 hours of riding in heavy rain and with a 40min descent) the bracking was as good as on alu wheels. Also there is no visible wear on the bracking surface after some big descents. 2. quality of production: final tipping point for decision of buying these wheels was the video of bracking test on the web page. If they have such a test and attention to safety surely the production must be top notch. And indeed after recieving the wheels and after 600km everything is as it should be. The bearings are smooth, wheels are true and there is no problem with the quality. Now a couple of personal notes. Go for the Tuff Os premium hub. It's lighter, cheaper and when you will hear free hub sound you will fall in love; just the right amount of lound and pitch. If you are looking for a lightweight do-it-all wheels the 35 are perfect. For a clincher wheels as light as most tubulars on the market. And 35mm offers aero advantages. You can really fell the featherweght when climbing or out of the sadle, perfect for local KOM's. On a descent and streight wheels are stable, responsive and on point all the time. Only downside of the lightweight is that they are a bit sensitive to croswind. I would compare it with 45 or 50mm deep alu wheels (which are 600+ g hevier).
All in all the Tuff cycle wheels are featherweight, premium wheels, which would cost much much more with different label on the side and are therefore one of the best on the market.