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A220 Aero Alloy 22X24 Wheel Set

A220 Aero Alloy 22X24 Wheel Set
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For those of you waiting for wheels like my old aerospoke Neuvation wheels, the wait is over.  And now you can select from different hub (black and red), spoke (white, black, silver) and nipple colors
Finally a quality set of wheels at a budget price.  I use the same quality rim as on my AC310 CW wheels but it's a lower profile. Excellent for racing, training, and daily use.  The silky smooth hubs use sealed cartridge bearings and are a little stronger and heavier that my higher end hubs.  I hand build all of these in California with larger (3.2 mm wide) aero spokes and alloy nipples using double internal washers on the drive side rear spokes making them as strong as 28 or 3ven 32 spoke wheels.  Now you can get that great aero spoke look with many color options for under $300.


Size: 700C Clincher (normal road bike)
Weight 1690 grams (without skewers or rim strips)  weights can vary by about 50 grams a set due to rim, spoke, and hub weight tollerances.
Rim (for more information on rims and wheel building go to the rim page)
Rim Material Niobium Alloy - machined braking surfaces.  Sleeved seam.
Drilling: 20 hole front and 24 hole rear
Rim Weight 450 grams
Rim Dimensions 22 mm high 24 mm wide
Rim ERD 593 mm

Spokes Pillar Aero 1432 6.5 grams each bladed 2.0-3.2/1-2.0
Spoke Length Front:  276
Spoke Length Drive Side Rear: 285
Spoke Length Non Drive Side Rear: 274
Spoke Tension Front: 130 KGF (on a Park Tensiometer 20
Spoke Tension Rear Drive Side: 165 KGF (on a Park Tensiometer 21).
Spoke Tension Rear Non Drive Side:  There is no spec for this because it is whatever it is to pull the rim to the center of the wheel.  They will always be looser than the drive side spokes and often by quite bit.
Note:  Wheels come with extra spokes and the exact length is indicated on the spoke package.  We occasionally substiture when we are out of a particular length.
Spoke Prep
We use Loctite 242 on the non drive side spokes and on the front spokes during the building process (no lubricant).  On the drive side rear spokes we use a lubricant to build (nothing special - just something slippery) and after the build put some Loctite 242 in to finish them off.   The Loctite 242 will make the spokes harder to turn but will not sieze them.
Spoke Nipples
Nipples  Alloy 14 gauge uses Park Black Spoke wrench


Used internally on the drive side rear spokes.  I have them custom made by Boker's in the US.  They provide an extra layer or durability while adding almost no weight.  Weigh less than 1 gram each.

Hub (for more information on hubs and servicing go to the hub page)
Front over lock nut dimension 100 mm
Front flange diameter:  41 mm
Front center to flange: 31 mm
Rear Over Lock Nut dimension 130 mm (standard road)
Rear Drive Side Flange Diameter:  48 mm
Rear Drive Side Center to Flange:  15 mm
Rear Non Drive Side Flange Diameter: 48 mm
Rear Drive Side Center to Flange:  31 mm

Shimano/Sram Cassette Body - 8,9,10,11 speed compatible  Steel

Cassette Body Bearings:  Loose ball
Front Hub Weight 130 grams
Front Hub Bearings:  6000 Abec 5 sealed cartridge bearing with seals
Rear Hub Weight 360 grams
Rear Hub Bearings:   6000 (both drive and non drive side) Abec 5 sealed cartridge bearing with seals
Note:  On Shimano-Sram cassette bodies (they are one in the same) you will need a spacer if using it with a 9 speed cassette (which is included in the spoke package), for a 10 speed cassette (which is narrower than a 9 speed) you will need the included spacer and the one that came with your cassette.  If your cassette doesn't have one you can get them at any bike shop.  They are 1 mm wide.
Skewers weight 46 grams front 50 grams rear.
Rim Strips
Black nylon.  If you are going tubeless you need to buy the Stan's rims strips.  These will not work for tubeless applications.
Tire Recommendations
With the wider rims, you can use pretty much any tire width you want - from 19 mm all the way up to over 30 mm.  I like 25 mm wide tires simply because they hold more air and are more comfortable.  23 mm tires are probably the fastest and are the most aerodynamic.  As you get bigger tires, the limiting factor is the frame.  Typically the tires will first rub on either the brakes (on the top of the tire) or with the rear tire hitting the seat tube.  Most road bikes will fit up to 25 mm tires, a few bigger ones, and many won't even fit a 25 mm tire.
The rim is 25 mm deep but the tubes rests in the rim cavity.  I suggest using tubes that have valuve stems at least 48 mm long or thereabouts.  You will need a presta valved tube (which is by far the most common or road bikes today).
Tire Pressure Recommendations
With the wider rims you can generally run at least 10% less pressure than with a narrower rim because the system holds more air.  Less pressure is better because you have a bigger tire patch and will roll over the bumps in the road instead of bounce over them (it's that sidewall flex that gives you better rolling resistance).  Most people run too much pressure in their tires because they believe they are faster (and they feel faster at first).  If the roads were perfectly flat that would be the case but they all have lots of bumps so lower pressures make sense.  Generally speaking a 160 pound rider should be around 80-90 psi in the back tire and 75-85 in the front. If you have been running higher pressure you will immediately notice how much more comfortable the ride is and how much better the bike handles around corners.
When you receive your wheels it will include a package with the extra spokes, skewers, a spacer (if a Shimano-Sram cassette is ordered) and some documents.  The documents will list the builder and on alloy wheels a serial number (which is under the rim strip near the valve hole on both wheels).  Also included is a spec sheet showing the type and length of spokes used and the spokes tensions for your wheels).  There is also some maintenance info and whatever else I want to throw in there along with a copy of your invoice.  We keep a record of your info here so you can contact us with either your invoice number (preferred), serial number (also OK), or your name and we can pull up your records.


These wheels can be set up to go tubelss with the Stan's system and with the use of a tubeless specific tire.  The tubeless specific tire is vital because they use a kevlar (aramid) bead that will not stretch. Using a regular tire risks a blowout - which on the front can be extremely dangerous.






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A220 Aero Alloy 22X24 Wheel Set
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The primary reason that I purchased an A220 wheel set was to obtain a wider rim profile so as to improve ride comfort. I installed them on a 2013 Trek Domane, and the ride feel is absolutely plush. Even with the same 25 mm Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, there is a definite improvement in comfort over the original Bontrager Racelite wheels. The wider rims of the A220 wheels allow me to use a little less tire pressure, about 85 psi. The A220 wheel set is also slightly lighter than my Racelite wheels, by about 70 grams. Fully assembled, the A220 wheel set has a weight of 1150/1445grams for the front/rear wheels which includes the 25 mm tires, rubber inner tubes, and quick releases, but not the cassette.

I am writing this review from the perspective of a larger cyclist: 6’-3” and 210 lbs. I have a history of breaking spokes, so wheel specs are important to me. The oversized steel aero spokes used to build the A220 wheels set are similar to the spokes on the old Nuevation M28 wheels. They are very rugged, both in appearance and function.

The rims are smoothly machined. There are no decals or names on the black rims. The rear rim has an asymmetric profile with spoke holes offset from the rim centerline to help reduce the difference in spoke length between the drive side and the non-drive side. The asymmetric profile promotes a longer service life.

The hubs used for the A220 wheel set are a very pleasant surprise. Before my purchase I was not sure which of the three hubs listed on the website were used for the A220 build. It appears to be the M3 hub set. These hubs are well machined, and they roll very smoothly. In the rear hub, the freehub body is made of steel. It weighs more than an aluminum freehub, but its surface is much harder and it will not scar and dent as easily as an aluminum freehub. This is a benefit for heavier and/or stronger riders. The sealed bearing cartridges are the 6000 size (26 mm O.D. by 10 mm I. D. by 8 mm wide) which is a larger and more durable size than most bearing cartridges in lighter weight hubs. The best feature is that these hubs are quiet. If you listen to the rear hub in a quiet room you can hear only a very slight clicking sound. But riding out on the open road I am unable to hear the rear hub when it freewheels. I prefer a quiet rear hub, and this one qualifies.

The A220 is a very well designed and well built wheel set sold at a bargain price of less than $300. I consider it to be an excellent value, and I expect it to last many years.

Will McKinzie
Fulton, MD