A good set of race wheels is an investment for any triathlete, but you don’t have to look at the top end of the price spectrum to get serious performance gains (and look fast, too). We’ve been riding with EnergyLab‘s VC90 wheels for over a year and love these stiff, high performance deep-dish wheels to help us cut through the wind and deliver a personal best bike split in almost any conditions and on a variety of courses. At $1,700, they’re also more affordable that many wheelsets on the market.
The VC90s are EnergyLab’s deepest carbon clinchers (the brand also offers 60 mm and 75 mm wheels) and are specifically designed to be predictable in winds despite the deeper dish. They are extremely stiff so all your energy will go into moving you forward (the wheels also offer low rolling resistance).
The full carbon rims and hubs are the brand’s own design and were developed with input from top athletes like Simon Whitfield, keeping durability and price in mind while offering solutions to common problems (such as braking heat failure and hub failure) in other brands’ wheels.
The result is a great set of wheels with a taller braking surface area (150% greater than traditional wheels) and a Heat Dissipating Chamber — a large, open space allows for better braking control for the rider overall by combining a deeper braking surface and a heat dam in the HDC.
We’ve raced on the VC90s on super flat courses in windy conditions (such as last year’s Multisport Canada Rose City Triathlon in Welland) and found they were light, stable and offered noticeable benefits on the race course. When tucked down in aero position on downhills, the wheels helped us effortlessly gain speed on other other athletes.