During the search for upgrade of stock wheel, many encounters the choice between alloy vs carbon, high profile vs low profile, and one of the most important factor – cost of the upgrade.
From the huge list we picked Campagnolo Zonda, an alloy with medium profile factory wheelset that won’t put a whole to your wallet. Here’s why:
1. Medium profile suitable for hill climbing with significant aero performance on flat
To qualify “all around” wheelset, we have to refine our picks from medium profile so we can handle both flat and hills.
2. Acceptable pricing with minimal losses
In this “All Around Wheelset Hierarchy for Road Bike” article we discussed and compared a few all around wheelset, if you look at the top 3 Campagnolo medium profile wheelset which are Shamal, Eurus and Zonda, the differences between these three are not significant but price hike tremendously.
Shamal: 1425g with Mega G3™ Spoke Geometry and Ceramic USB™ hub.
Eurus: 1482g with Mega G3™ Spoke Geometry and aluminium hub.
Zonda: 1550g with Mega G3™ Spoke Geometry and aluminium hub.
Wheel depth is identical, 26mm front and 30mm rear.
Similar aluminium double butted aero spoke for all three.
3. Build by Reputable Manufacturer
Without a doubt, Campagnolo is one of the top wheel manufacturer in the world. They design, produce and distribute high-end components for racing bikes. It is present in over 30 countries with five branches and nine agencies. Based in Vicenza and with two production plants owned entirely by the company in Romania, Campagnolo has a total workforce of around 700 employees.
5. Positive review from CyclingTips.com.au
“My Campagnolo Eurus wheels. They cost me about $900 (yes…off the internet) and every time I ride them I think about how great they feel and how they’ve never failed me. If I were to do it again I’d probably save myself $200-$300 and go for the Campy Zondas instead because there’s very little difference (Chorus versus Record hub). Either way, these are fantastic all-round wheels. You’ll see Robbie McEwen racing on Zondas all the time.”
Conclusion: It’s not difficult to decide Campagnolo Zonda as our best pick if you were to consider its medium profile, weight and durability because you can hardly find anything similar at this price range. At the time of writing this article, Wiggle is selling Zonda at £276.41 with Christmas promotion. Don’t miss it.