Princeton CarbonWorks has lifted the curtain on its latest PEAK 4550 wheelset, which will make its debut at the start of this year’s Tour de France under the auspices of the Ineos-Grenadiers team.
Available in every configuration, (tubular, tubeless-ready clincher, rim and disk brake) the PEAK 4550 wheelset tips the scales as little as 1071g in tubular rim brake guise, with standard tubeless-ready clincher versions weighing in at 1297g for rim brake and 1348g for disc brake.
According to Princeton Carbon Works, the goal was to create an all-around race-ready wheel with exceptional aerodynamic characteristics and the strength and stiffness to accommodate the high wattages generated by riders in the pro peloton.
“The performance characteristics of grand tour riding are perhaps the most difficult to synthesize in a single wheelset. Riders need a wheelset that is light and responsive for the climbs. On the descents, they need predictable and sharp handling. In the valleys, the wheelset needs to be aerodynamic and impervious to crosswinds. And above all of that, the wheels need to hold up to thousands of kilometers of full gas racing,” says Princeton Carbon Works.
Princeton Carbon Works’s standard non-drilled tire bed facilitates a stiffer outer rim and transfers some material away from the tire bed to other critical areas in the wheel, helping to keep wheel weight low while maintaining high stiffness values.
A limited Launch Edition will be available starting June 26th; standard black graphics and custom options and hub choices will become available later in 2021.
The launch edition is available starting now, until July 31 for $3400. This includes Carbon-Ti hubs and limited edition ‘launch’ graphics.
Starting Aug. 1, the Peak 4550 will be available for $3100 with Tune or White Industry hubs. Custom builds with other hub options will be available starting Aug 1st.
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