Jeff wanted an über light climbing wheelset for his 2010 Madone 6.9.  His current wheelset is the excellent Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 carbon clinchers. These are great all-rounders, but not super light by today’s standards. He originally was thinking Bontrager XXX-Lite clinchers, but they are quite expensive. For about half the price, Jeff went with this wheelset.

At an honest 1260 grams, these are 60+ grams lighter than a set of Bontrager XXX-Lite clinchers.

This wheelset should dip the weight of Jeff’s Madone to around 14 lbs.


  • Front: Alchemy ELF 24h, radially laced CX-Ray spokes, Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 rim. 542g.
  • Rear: Alchemy ORC 28h, 3X drive, 2x non-drive CX-Rays, Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha rim. 718g.
  • Weight: 1260 grams.