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PowerTap G3 46 Carbon Clincher Wheelset
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While we all know that the art of carbon wheel manufacturing is a science, we tend to forget that training and racing are as well. Two of the most innovative companies from these fields got together to form the PowerTap G3/Reynolds 46mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset. Now, whether you're training or racing, you have the right tools for the job. In terms of weight, the G3/46mm wheelset tips the scales around a respectable 1590 grams. This is due, in part, to PowerTap's selection of the venerable Reynolds Assault carbon clinchers for the rims. Sitting near the top of its 'Performance' line, Reynolds constructed the Assault's rim from its PR3 Hybrid Carbon. As a result, the wheels tip the scales just around 20 grams heavier than the Reynolds Forty Six clinchers. However, both wheels share a nearly identical mold, measuring out to a maximum width of 20. 8mm and a rim depth of 46mm. So, while aerodynamics and stability rank rather evenly, the ride characteristics differ in response to the Assault's slightly heavier carbon layup, although the Assault still features an impressive stiffness-to-weight ratio. And while the two wheels are differentiated by a few variables, both wheels are constructed with the same proprietary carbon technology, only varying in the layup. The recipe consists of three technologies -- Hybrid Modulus Laminate (HLM), Variable Resin Chemistry (VRC), and Inert Gas Compaction (IGC). Basically, these three systems work harmoniously to construct the Assault. HLM is a method used to assign specific carbons and layups at different points of the rim. So, through this method, Reynolds placed different carbons and layups at the tire channel, brake track, side wall, internal nipple bed, and spoke face. Then, with VRC, Reynolds' exclusive resins bond the different laminates into a single structure. And lastly, IGC is used to mold and cure the rim in what Reynolds deems as the most ideal of environments. As a result of this construction process, the Assault is s...