The Draw: Price-point killer
Swiss Side—a brand most well-known for sitting underneath Germany’s Patrick Lange during both of his record-setting Kona wins—has created a budget wheel in the Hadron Classic 485 with ride quality that outshines even more expensive wheelsets. These 48.5mm-deep rims may not have a wide rim track (25mm) like most of the other wheels in this category, but the surprisingly well-built DT Swiss hubs ride very smoothly, giving a good middle ground between compliance over bumps and lateral stiffness for punching over hills. Though the weight for the Classics may be a little bit high, these are still perfect wheels for anyone looking for a training and racing combo without breaking the bank. Here, value is king.