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Upgrade your wheels for 2019

Without having to buy a new bike, you can get faster by upgrading your wheels

When it comes to gear and toys, nothing seems to get a triathlete more excited than the thought of adding a new gadget to their biking arsenal. An easy way to lower your bike split in 2019, is treating yourself to a new pair of wheels. Here are three wheelsets that are sure to save you a few watts and help you slice through the wind.

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Shimano Dura-Ace C60 – $2,230, CLINCHER

The 60-mm deep D2 rims used in this speedy wheelset were developed through working with speedy cyclists and time in the wind tunnel. All that input resulted in this super-fast wheel that sits in between the popular 40- and 80-mm rims you see so often in T2, which means you get the benefits of the aerodynamics without as much buffeting from crosswinds. A wide rim and beefed up hub ensures you’ll get outstanding power transfer, too.

Enve SES 7.8 Disc – FROM $3,090, TUBULAR; FROM $3,350, TUBELESS CLINCHER

Enve SES 7.8 Disc – FROM $3,090, TUBULAR; FROM $3,350, TUBELESS CLINCHER

With so many of the super-bikes on the market now using disc brakes, Enve’s SES 7.8 Disc wheelset offers another great option to pair with your speedy ride. The carbon-fibre rims provide outstanding aerodynamics to cut through the air with ease, while also remaining extremely stiff laterally, so you get the most out of every pedal stroke.

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Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Disc – $2,499

Offering outstanding rolling efficiency (15 per cent better than regular tubed tires, according to Mavic’s tests), these 24-spoke wheels from Mavic are much easier to install than other tubeless wheels. The 64-mm airfoil rim reduces drag and won’t get buffeted around in crosswinds, while the 26-mm width provides a nice combination of aerodynamics, stability and tire integration. Add in the disc brakes, and you get precise braking that works well even in wet conditions.