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You can opt for either the alloy version or the carbon version of the Cosine. While they each have their own strengths and weaknesses, either of these models will prove to be an important addition to your bike.
COSINE 23mm Alloy Clincher Disc Brake Wheelset
COSINE 23mm Alloy Clincher Disc Brake Wheelset Performance Wheels
With the Cosine, you have to match the models in the series against one another as well as with other comparable bikes of different brands. As you can imagine, the alloy version is undoubtedly cheaper than the carbon option. In terms of lightness, however, the alloy is king, and is almost a hundred grams lighter than its carbon counterpart. Despite this, the carbon has a wider rim profile which makes it undoubtedly more aerodynamic than the alloy.
We took both bikes out for a ride to really be able to tell you how we felt about them individually. To be honest, considering what you have to pay for these wheelsets, they are a great addition to your bike. Both the carbon and the alloy offer up a smooth ride as well as great acceleration. Now, the alloy is a great bike to train on to know what that kind of speed will feel like.
What we liked about the carbon was that in addition to the speed, it was manageable and even felt quite stable in poor weather. It is best to stick on flat land, however, as you may have some trouble getting up steeper hills. Also, not all riders are able to ride this option as it does have a 90kg limit.
The brakes on both bikes were great although the carbon option did produce more noise than we found comfortable. All in all, they did perform beautifully. Of course, only time will tell if these will continue to hold up and remain as durable as they were in the beginning.
- Good design
- Accelerates well
- Not great on uphill rides
If you are looking to buy good quality without breaking the bank, the Cosine is just the wheelset for you.
With these wheelsets, you get plenty of options all offering up great performances regardless of what you choose.