September 10, 2015
That’s unidirectional carbon and, as the name suggests, the rims are 50mm deep. The aluminium hubs are anodized black, the rear one, which is Shimano/SRAM 10/11-speed compatible, using a three-pawl engagement mechanism. They’re built with DT Competition stainless steel spokes, 24 at the front and 28 at the rear.
The wheel weights we’ve been given are 690g (f) and 950g (r) – a total of 1,640g in total. Brake pads and quick release skewers are included in the £799.99 price.
Saturae told us, “To enter the full carbon clincher wheel market we need to have tested these wheels beyond normal tests. We are very happy with the wheelset’s test data. We are now looking to [expand] into different rim depths and tubular rims and grow the range.”
Saturae understand that different riders are looking for different things, their aero-optimised 50mm deep rim shape will benefit the TT rider or road racer in competition. But if your challenge is that epic Gran Fondo or Sportive then the C50 will suit you too. The aero benefits will allow you to make the most of your energy and the ride quality that only comes from a handbuilt wheel makes the C50 a truly comfortable wheelset too.
They also combined a lightweight magnesium alloy hub shell with their own roller bearing system. Saturae call it the FONA system and their rollers are sealed against the elements and unlike traditional cartridge bearings the smoothness means they feel like your floating on air.
Everything that goes into the C50 wheelset is built in-house at their facility. From the carbon lay-up to the molding and finishing to the spoke lacing and final hand torquing. Unlike the competition every step of this process is built the artisan way by wheel builders. Saturae don’t use automated processes or mass-production wheel building machines.
About the Saturae brand
Everything that goes into the Saturae wheelset is built in-house at our facility. From the carbon lay-up to the molding and finishing to the spoke lacing and final hand torquing. Unlike the competition every step of this process is built the artisan way by wheel builders. We don’t use automated processes or mass-production wheel building machines