Remerx RTX Disc Tubular Review

Remerx RTX Disc Tubular Review

 

Remerx RTX Disc Tubular Review

 

By Tim Granshaw

 

Remerx RTX Disc Tubular Review

 

Disc brake cyclocross bikes are the big story of the 2013 and 2014 season; for the first time, elite riders won major events in Continental Europe on disc-equipped bikes. Sven Nys, Marianne Vos and Lars Van De Haar have all won races this year on Trek and Giant disc-equipped bikes. As acceptance of the new technology has spread, so have disc-specific wheels. Until this year, offerings in the mid-price range were few and far between. In 2013, the number of wheels in the sub £500 range grew exponentially. Our latest test features the new offering from the fast-growing Remerx wheel company, the £395 RTX Disc Tubular.

 

Remerx RTX Disc Tubular
Remerx RTX Disc Tubular

 

Remerx is a Czech company based just outside of Slavacin, a few hours from Brno. The company has specialized in alloy wheels since the company was formed in 1990, with a recent expansion into carbon fibre road offerings. Today Remerx wheels are ridden in UCI cyclocross events, UCI mountain bike races with the Remerx-Merida MTB team, and in UCI road events with the Bauknecht Author team. How would their new disc brake offering stand up in our extensive testing? Read on to find out.
 

Remerx RTX is a good looking wheelset
Remerx RTX is a good looking wheelset

 
They’re Pretty
 
First response from my teammate when I cruised up on the Remerx’s for one of our thrice weekly training sessions, “Look at those! Bling!”. There’s no doubt, these wheels are attractive. The hubs and spoke nipples of my pair were an anodized red. These accents were highlighted with a black rim and spokes. ¬†Impressively, each set of wheels from Remerx are built to order. Hubs and spoke nipples are available in three colours, while spokes are available in four. As long as you like strong colours – available hues are red, white, blue, and black – you should be able to build a slick looking setup that complements your steed.¬†
 
Anodised red hubs can be matched to spokes of your colour choice
Anodised red hubs can be matched to spokes of your colour choice

 
Machining was top notch as well. The hubs and rims were impressively constructed. The hubs were well anodised, the cassette nicely machined, and the rims true and smooth. We also found the disc brake mounts were straight, and the mounting points cleanly tapped. Installing the rotors was a quick painless job.
 
Quality of the Remerx rim and hub is high making rotor installation a breeze
Quality of the Remerx rim and hub is high making rotor installation a breeze

 
If we could improve anything, we’d ask for slightly more upmarket rim and hub decals. Ideally, Remerx could take a lesson from Mavic’s Ksyrium decals or even better Ritchey’s embedded logos. As these are cyclocross wheels, not coffee shop wheels we don’t consider this a fatal flaw, just a bit of a let down when the rest of the wheel is so well-presented.
 

Tim wasn't a fan of the rim decals
Tim wasn’t a fan of the rim decals

 

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