The Bortola uses our Japanese EZO bearings to give you the smoothest of rides, with low rolling resistance. Using our patented spoke braces which effectively increase the size of the flange for better power transfer, meaning when you pedal the force created isn’t lost in the wheel and propels you forwards. We have used straight pull spokes to really keep the power transfer at a maximum. In 2017, we made a few small adjustments to make the wheel a little easier to work on. Look at the hub to determine if you have the 1.0 or 2.0.
The Bortola hubs are a direct descendent of the acclaimed Bracciano hubs. Light, fast, dependable and easy to work on. The new 2.0 version hubs are even easier to work on. Japanese EZO bearings keep the rolling resistance to a minimum and the straight-pull spokes keep the power transfer at maximum.
21MM PROFILE ALLOY RIM
The sleeved, low profile alloy rim of the Bortola A21W offers the perfect mix of low weight and strength. High strength-to-weight ratio 6061 alloy keeps the rim light and rotational mass low, for a snappy, featherweight feeling. We've even made it tubeless ready so you can get the most out of this amazing new wheelset.
100% Hand-Built Wheels
6061 Alloy Blend
2 Sealed Bearings (Front)
4 Sealed Bearings (Rear)
Japanese EZO Bearings
Straight Pull Spokes
Aero Blade Spokes
Butted for Strength
Swedish Stainless Steel
|Rim Type||Sleeved 6061 Clincher||Sleeved 6061 Clincher|
|Rim Finish||Shot Peened Black||Shot Peened Black|
|Shape||2.2mm Double Butted Aero||2.2mm Double Butted Aero|
|Material||Sandvik Stainless Steel||Sandvik Stainless Steel|
|Nipple Material+Gauge||Alloy 13/14G||Alloy 13/14G|
|Bearings (#)||2 (Japanese EZO)||4 (Japanese EZO)|
|Axle Width (O.L.D.)||100mm||130mm|
|Weight (no skewer)||630g||795g|
Compatible with the Shimano 11 speed standard as well as 9 and 10 speed cassettes.
Here's what the critics have to say about our Bortola A21W Wheel Set.
"light, fast, tough and available for the kind of wallet-friendly price that will mean you won’t have to hide them from your significant other"
"I can heartily recommend the Pro-Lite Bortola A21W wheelset if you’re looking for some fast training wheels, or if you want a set of quality do-it-all wheels, either way, they won’t let you down."
"Pro-Lite Bortola A21W is a satisfyingly solid wheel. You really feel confident taking them down the bumpiest lane, or choosing a rougher line through a corner."
"The build quality is fantastic, spin them in your hands and the hubs are smooth, seeming to spin forever. The rims run as true today as when I first got them, despite having been ridden over some quite appalling road surfaces."
"Hand built by skilled workers in the Pro-Lite factory, you know you are getting a quality product, with over thirty years of wheel building experience."
"I found the Bortola A21W was agile and easy to accelerate."
"the Bortola A21W is an affordable introduction to the benefits of a wider rim that is skewed towards weight-conscious buyers."
"The combination of a reasonable weight, good agility, and sure feel of the wide rims made for a versatile wheelset that was easy to ride on any terrain."
"You get a really refined ride all round, from the braking performance offered by aluminium, to the responsiveness and efficiency of the hoops – just what you want from a wide, lightweight upgrade wheelset that offers high quality parts in package that doesn’t cost the earth."