Review : C55A Wheelset (NZ Road Cyclist Magazine)

“Token is a name most people won’t instantly recognise as a wheel manufacturer but that should be about to change. For the 2013 models they have completely overhauled the entire range from low-end clinchers to top-end tubular and have all new designs to re-evaluate the way people think about Token wheels.”

– New Zealand Road Cyclist Magazine

While flicking through the pages of New Zealand Road Cyclist Magazine you might come across the following review on Token’s latest C55A Wheelset. We are especially pleased about this review and have reprinted it here on our news blog. Whether you are one of our regular customers or new to Token and wondering what we are about, we hope this article will inspire you.

New Zealand Road Cyclist Magazine, February 2013

C55A ReviewToken is a name most people won’t instantly recognise as a wheel manufacturer but that should be about to change. For the 2013 models they have completely overhauled the entire range from low-end clinchers to top-end tubular and have all new designs to re-evaluate the way people think about Token wheels.

Recent testing of a set of Token C55As showed that for a reasonably priced wheelset they offer a seriously decent ride quality. With a 55mm aero profile rim, these wheels give you a distinct advantage on the flats. Under power, they seemed to have good efficient power transfer and even when I tried full gas sprinting I couldn’t feel them flexing under me. Always a good sign!

Being only a 55mm rim means these wheels are still relatively easy to control in the crosswinds even with bladed spokes. I recently spoke to a young female rider who raced a set around Taupo and she said she found them very comfortable to ride and easy to control even though she was small.

Complete with the newly designed ‘Shark Tail’ aero skewer, these wheels look really nice too. With a lighter coloured decal compared to the classic black rim, the wheels will stand out in the bunch and I’m sure will attract a few questions. They come supplied with everything you need, right down to spare spokes and a wheel bag.

With a spoke count of 20 up front and 24 at the rear, they are a little heavier than other race wheels but at 1650grams per pair they are hardly what I would call excessively heavy. This slightly higher spoke count can mean lower spoke tension and a more comfortable ride than the other superlight race wheels.

Being alloy clinchers is a huge advantage on rough New Zealand roads, where wheels can take an absolute beating. As awesome as tubular tyres are to ride, clinchers are a much cheaper and easier alternative and can even be used as regular training wheels.

These Token C55A wheels were great, a good comfortable ride mixed with a decent power transfer. Heading out to the hills was good on them too. A trip out into the Waitakares is always an easy way to find out if you like a set of wheels. With a vast array of climbs and road surfaces mixed with some pretty wicked descents, the Token wheels withstood all the punishment I could throw at them.

I would definitely recommend these wheels to cyclists after a good all-round wheel set at a very competitive price.

For all you triathletes out there, Token has recently become the wheel sponsor of none other than Ironman legend Cameron Brown. No doubt you will see these wheels carrying Cam to victory sometime soon!

– Adam Clark

http://www.nzroadcyclist.co.nz

Token C55A Wheelset

c55aTech Specs

  • Rim: 55mm Aero Profile 700C, 610g/pc
  • Hub: TK197TBT Alloy Hub or TK520TBT Alloy/Carbon Hubset, 20/24H, Tiramic Bearings
  • Spoke/Nipple: SUS Aero Black Spokes, Alloy Internal nipples
  • Free Wheel Body: Shimano & SRAM or Campagnolo compatible
  • Weight: 1791g (821g+970g, w/o rim tape)

Supplied With

  • TK220 Shark Tail skewer
  • TK3361 Rim Tape
  • TK3212 Wheel Bag
  • TK331 Valve Extender 48mm
  • Extra Spokes & Nipples
  • Model No.:
  • TK9601ACT w/TK520TBT Hub, SAPIM CX-RAY Spokes
  • TK9601APT w/TK197TBT Hub, PSR1432 spokes

Token New Zealand

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If you are in New Zealand and you’d like more information about the C55A wheelset or any other Token products you can contact our distributor, Bikes International who will be happy to assist you.  For a list of all our distributors you can follow this link to our global distributor locator tool and find a distributor in your region.

http://tokenproducts.com/index.php?option=distributor&language=en&mod=8

Bikes International Limited

Physical and Courier Address

44E Dalgety Drive
Manukau City
Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address

P.O Box 76091, Manukau 2241,
Auckland

Tel: +64 9 2671245

Fax: +64 9 2673032

Web: www.bikesinternational.co.nz

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