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Aspen Times Weekly: Best urban biking wheels?

by stephen regenold


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It’s been a long road to ride since 2012, when one August day I unboxed a set of wheels and attached them to a bike frame. Fast-forward 10,000 miles — yes, that is my estimate of distance put down after almost four years on the bike — and the wheels are still going strong.

Tires have come and gone. Parts have changed, and I even swapped in a new frame after a crack formed on the bottom bracket on the original. But the wheels, Mavic’s Ellipse Track model, have remained true.

The aluminum alloy wheels are sold for track racers and urban riders who bike fixed-gear or singlespeed. I roll them almost year-round, commuting, training, and racing occasional alley cats and other events in Minneapolis and beyond.

At about $450 for the pair, the Ellipse Track wheels are marketed as a mid-range set. (High-end wheels easily go for $1,000 and much more.) Beginner or intermediate track racers are candidate, as well as urban bikers who want fast, do-all wheels.

For more on this product, visit Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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