Ritchey WCS Apex II 46mm Wheelset

Ritchey WCS Apex II 46mm Wheelset

 

Ritchey WCS Apex II 46mm Wheelset

 

Mark Tearle

 

Race-ready full carbon clinchers from Ritchey

 

The history and the legend of Tom Ritchey is well documented, both the man and his moustache, who taught himself to build frames as a teenager and who designed some of the burgeoning mountain bike industry’s first frames and components back in the 1970’s. 40 years on Ritchey is now a global corporation, one of the cycling industry’s premier innovators of high-quality bicycle components. We take a look at the Ritchey WCS Apex II 46mm road wheelset.

 

Reynolds-built Assault rims, 46mm deep section with Ritchey stealth decals
Reynolds-built Assault rims, 46mm deep section with Ritchey stealth decals

 

The first thing to say about these wheels is that they are a very handsome prospect. They are, in fact, fabricated using Reynolds-built Assault rims; 46mm deep section with 15mm internal, 20mm external rim width (previous generation I would note as the current generation Reynolds Assault rims have undergone quite a few iterative upgrades including, but not least, wider rims), and built to a Ritchey WCS specification.

 

Ritchey Phantom Flange Hubs
Ritchey Phantom Flange Hubs

 

The hubs are Ritchey Phantom Flange: Superlight Ritchey design which captures the sleek profile and efficiency of straight-pull spokes with the superior strength and durability of J-bend spokes. The bearings are sealed, load specific, 28mm drive side and 24mm non-drive side on the rear wheel, which also has a patented 6 pawl, 12-point micro-clutch engagement system.

 

Ritchey Snap On Rim Tape
Ritchey Snap On Rim Tape

 

The spokes are high quality Sapim CX, with 20 in a radial pattern up front and 24 in a radialand two-cross mix at the rear. It is compatible with Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo 10/11 drivetrain systems.
 
The complete wheelset is 1526g.

 

Neil Pryde Alize fitted with Ritchey WCS Apex II wheelset
Neil Pryde Alize fitted with Ritchey WCS Apex II wheelset

 

The wheelset is supplied with Ritchey quick releases and Reynolds Cryo Blue pads. Full review to follow.

 

Ritchey WCS Apex II Carbon Clincher Wheelset RRP £1315.00

 
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