Wheels are one of this first upgrades cyclists make to their bikes. And it’s for good reason. Whether or not the aim is to shift some weight or for an aerodynamic advantage, the effects are instant. Here we take a look at Campagnolo‘s impressive Bora range…
There are wheels for every specific occasion, but there are also some that cover all bases. They’ll shed some weight from the steed and give the rider some ‘free speed’ by cheating the wind. The Campagnolo Bora range is both.
Tested at the highest level, the Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels are ridden by Lotto-Soudal and Movistar, a team with a wealth of specialist riders, such as Nairo Quintana and the Essex time trial ace, Alex Dowsett.
The new range features a wider rim, measuring 24.2mm. The increase in width is in line with the ever-growing trend for wider tyres. Rotund rubbers reduce rolling resistance, even at lower pressures, improve traction in the wet and increase comfort.
Campagnolo has now released the new Bora One range, which is fully compatible with Shimano/Sram groupsets (as well as Campagnolo, obviously). Read on for more info…
Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
The Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 700C Road Wheelset is a medium profile wheel. Designed to give results in any weather on any terrain, the Ultra 35 is extremely versatile. These wheels are favoured by the likes of Nairo Quintana who rode a set to win the Giro d’Italia in 2014.
The wheels have wide, aerodynamic profile, which measures – as the name suggests – 35mm in depth and 24.2mm wide. They have differentiated diameter hubs and CULT bearings; every rider will be able to feel the performance benefit from these hoops.
Speed is nothing without control. For braking, Campagnolo has used 3Diamant technology on the brake track. The wheels are available in this seasons ‘Dark Label’ (Black/Grey) graphics.
For the weight weenies… The tubular version weighs in at 1160g and the clinchers tip the scales at 1370g.
Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50
The Bora Ultra 50 Tubular Road Wheelset is a high profile 50mm wheel. This latest version has had 50 features improved over the previous version. Improvements were made to weight, aerodynamics, stiffness and comfort thanks to the new wider rim profile and both front and rear hubs now feature different diameters.
Campagnolo wheels are entirely hand-assembled by specialised Campagnolo technicians so every detail is checked to ensure maximum performance and reliability.
The rim has extremely clean-cut aesthetics with water transfer graphics and the hubs both feature the super smooth Cult Bearings, which have become the market benchmark. The wheels are available in ‘Dark Label’ (Black/Grey) graphics.
For the weight weenies… The tubular version weighs in at 1215g and the clinchers tip the scales at 1435g.
Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80
The Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 Tubular Road Wheelset has a 80mm rim, specifically designed for time trialling or for the sprinters. Alex Dowset uses this wheel on the front of his time trail bike and partners it with a Campagnolo Bora Ultra disc wheel in the rear.
This wheel stems from the famous 50mm Bora Ultra Two, and is now extremely light due to the unpainted carbon rim. It also features Campagnolo’s new CULT bearing system. Like all the wheels the Italian brand produces, the Bora Ultra 80 is entirely hand-assembled by a specialised Campagnolo to maintain the highest possible standards.
The Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 is available in ‘Dark Label’ (Black/Grey) for either Campagnolo or Shimano/Sram cassettes.
And for the weight weenies… These come in a 1520g for the pair.
Campagnolo Bora One 35
Campagnolo’s Bora One 35 wheelset has a medium profile wheel, the depth of rim often favoured by Movistar’s squadron of elite climbers. The latest rim has the new wider profile of 24.2 mm and features with water transfer graphics and a 3Diamant treated braking track for consistent braking in all conditions. The rim also has the exclusive printing process and Campagnolo’s RDB (Rim Dynamic Balance) which is molded into the rim itself insuring perfect rim balance even at high speeds.
The hubs are aluminium with differentiated front and rear diameters with a new adjustment ring, ceramic USB bearings, aluminium freewheel bodies and aerodynamic quick release. The wheels are laced with radial spokes on the front wheel and G3 on the rear with external nipples for ease of use. The Campagnolo Bora One 35 is available in Dark Label (Black/Grey).
For the weight weenies… The tubulars weigh in at 1215g, while the clincher version come in at 1406g
Campagnolo Bora One 50
The latest version of the Campagnolo Bora One 50 wheelset has 50mm aero rims and features the new wider rim profile of 24.2mm. This promotes a smoother interaction between a wider tyre, which is all the rage these days. Bigger tyres mean less rolling resistance, better traction and more comfort. The wider rims mean that there’s nothing lost in terms of aerodynamics either.
These rims have been given Campagnolo’s 3Diamant finish on the brake track to improve braking consistency in the wet and dry as well as give better modulation. And like the 35mm version, the 50’s have G3 spokes with external nipples so they’re easy to get to for maintenance. The hubs house Campagnolo’s USB (Ultra Smooth Bearing) and have been assembled – as all Campagnolo’s wheels are – by hand.
The Campagnolo Bora One 50 is available in Dark Label (Black/Grey).
For the weight weenies… The tubular version weighs 1265g and for the clincher 1485g