Princeton CarbonWorks claims new Wake 6560 Evolution is ‘the most important wheelset we have ever launched’

The new wheelset is reportedly faster, wider, stiffer, and lighter than its predecessor

Clock11:30, Thursday 16th November 2023

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The new wheelset is said to be faster and lighter than the previous generation

Princeton CarbonWorks has released a new version of its Wake 6560 Evolution wheelset which features a new rim profile that supersedes the performance of the previous 6560 model in virtually every department, with the brand claiming that it is faster, lighter and stiffer than ever before.

This is the second wheelset in the brand's Evolution series after the technology was debuted on the 3532 wheelset. The outgoing model in the overall Wake range, the Wake 6560 Strada, was the building block for the new wheelset, with the alteration in rim profile and spoke layout resulting in a more efficient wheel at all yaw angles that were tested.

The new Evolution rim profile has seen a complete overhaul in design with the brand saying: “Our new Evolution profile matches alternating deep and shallow rim sections with alternating spoke sides. Mechanically, this allows the steeper, high-tension spokes (drive-side rear spokes and disc-side front spokes) to connect to a deeper rim section, thereby flattening those spoke angles. The change in bracing angle helps balance spoke tensions, creating a stiffer, more uniform wheel. This patented technology, Radially Staggered Lacing, is exclusive to Princeton CarbonWorks road wheels.”

In line with current trends, the rim width has seen an increase with a 21mm internal and a 28.2mm maximum external width. The brand has said that this rim width has been designed around the use of 25-28mm tyres which they have identified as the tyre width most professional riders are choosing to use.

What is interesting about this new release is that Princeton CarbonWorks is bucking some of the industry trends by continuing to manufacture these new wheels with both hooked rims as well as a rim brake option.

Princeton CarbonWorks said: “Rim brake rims will always be available and Wake 6560 Evolution will continue to have a hooked, hole-less, tubeless-ready tire bed, which can accommodate clincher/tubed tires or tubeless tires with no tape needed and no tire pressure restrictions.”

The Wake 6560 Evolution wheelset will be available in 10 different colours, including gloss black, matte black, gloss white, matte white, gloss chrome, gloss gold, matte rose gold, matte high vis yellow, gloss purple, and gloss blue.

Depending on your hub and colour choices, the complete wheelset retails for between $3,150 and $4,500 and is available now directly from Princeton CarbonWorks.

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