The DV46UL shares most of the design and performance characteristics as the DV46C and DV46T, with one important difference: it employs a special, high-modulus composite in the rim to shave precious grams without sacrificing structural integrity. Not only can the DV46UL generate a higher top end than any other carbon wheel, its stiffness coefficient enables the rider to convert muscular effort into forward motion with tremendous efficiency while resisting power-robbing flex even under the most severe application of torque. The DV46UL has proved itself as one of today’s most popular all-around race wheels, the choice of many racers in the pro/1/2 categories. It’s equally well suited for the road to Mt. Evans or the streets of San Francisco.
Rim Depth: 46mm
Spoke Patterns: 16/20
Weight: 1207 grams per set
Hubs: DT Swiss 240S Reynolds-Specific Design
Spokes: FRONT (Radial) DT Aerolite , REAR (Radial, 2x Drive) DT Aerolite and DT Competition
- Item condition: New
- Availability: In-store
- Brand: Reynolds
- Category: Road Bike Wheel Sets
- Colour: Carbon
- Freehub: Shimano & SRAM
- ID: 102721937
- Braking Type: Rim Brakes
- Wheel Size: 700c
- Inflation: Tubular
- Reynolds Premium Quality Carbon
- Super Light! 1200g/pair
- DT Swiss Based Rear Hub
- DT Aerolite Spokes
- Tubular Wheelset
We started seeing Reynolds wheels in the Tour de France in 2008 and it was an impressive debut. They helped Romain Felleui take a stage victory - and the yellow jersey - by winning Stage 3. However, Reynolds have made the wheels that Felleui used even better. The DV46T has become the DV46T UL or ‘ultra light’. Now, you might think that bicycle component companies are a little prone to exaggeration, and we probably wouldn’t disagree with you on that. Terms like ‘ultra light’ and ‘super light’ are thrown about for products that may not deserve the terms. In this case, however, the DV46T was already light at 1300 grams, then Reynolds took even more weight out of the wheel set weight. Now the DV46T UL offers deep section performance at the weight of a climbing wheelset
Climbing With The DV 46T UL
The lightness is of course the first thing you notice about these wheels, especially when riding in the hills. All the weight lost from the previous generation is in the rim, which means that the DV46T UL is now incredibly responsive to power and acceleration. The weight lost does not seem to have come at the price of stiffness either. The spokes are a blend between DT Aerolites (for the radial spokes) and the good ol’ DT Competition spokes (for the crossed spokes), making a combination that is both light and remarkably stiff.
With its lightness and aerodynamic qualities, the DV46T UL was born to be in the break, and as you would expect, it cuts through the wind with ease. The rims roll on customized DT Swiss 240s hubs, known and revered throughout the cycling community. And for good reason - these hubs are smooth, look great, are durable and extremely light. Everything you could want.
As far as braking is concerned, Reynolds have made technological advances with their materials, and now produce a resin which they apply to their braking surface, giving it heat resistance properties that disperse heat better than other carbon compounds. On the flat, and even going down long descents, the braking inspired confidence with its strength and consistency, even in group situations where speed was high and positioning tight. Reynolds brake pads are included with the wheels, and Reynolds recommend them alongside Kool Stop and Swiss Stop carbon specific pads. Cork pads will nullify the 2-year warranty.
All in all, these wheels come very close to a dream set of wheels for us. Extremely light, stiff, aero and no crazy low rider-weight limit. We raced them for an entire season, and didn’t have to true them once. Plus they look great. If you’re looking for a top quality, low-maintenance set of carbon wheels to take your racing to the next level, these are hard to beat.