AForce AL33 Ceramic, Hope RS4
The new Al33 rim from AForce is one of the most effective rims we've ever seen. Available with a durable PEO (aka ceramic) brake track coating, the Al33 mimics the look of carbon while vastly exceeding carbon's brake performance and durability, all at a light weight and with wind-tunnel-verified world class aerodynamics. The most stable feeling rim we've ever used, if you are into crits and fast road races and group rides, look no further.
19.6mm inside width
26mm max overall wide
Comes supplied with SwissStop BXP brake pads (use them)
We've flirted with the Hope RS4 hubs for a while, finding a number of ways and reasons to use them in custom builds, and for 2018 we've decided to put a ring on it and offer them as a standard option. Built in England with similar construction quality to the ultra premium options, with an emphasis on low maintenance durability yet still offering very race ready performance, Hopes are an excellent alternative to OEM hubs (and they come in a bunch of great colors, too).
Spokes are black Sapim CX Ray (bladed), with black brass Wheelsmith nipples. Lacing pattern is radial for 20 and 24 hole fronts, 2x for 28h fronts and 24 and 28h rears, and 3x for 32h rears. Includes rim tape suitable for tubed or tubeless use (installed). Does not include skewers.