British-brand Parcours has introduced a new gravel wheelset to its range, the Parcours Alta.
Disc brake specific, the Parcours Alta is designed to be a versatile wheel option – lightweight enough for climbing on smooth tarmac, but robust enough for when riders take a gravel road detour.
Tubeless-ready, the Alta is designed using Parcours’ aerodynamic profile. Both wheels in the wheelset are built with 28 spokes for robustness, and without the constraints of a braking surface, the 21.5mm inner rim diameter is ‘ideal for a wider do-it-all tyre’.
The precision-machined alloy hubs are also fitted with high-grade EZO cartridge bearings to deliver smooth running in all conditions and use a Centerlock disc fitment. The hubs are fitted for 12mm thru-axles front & rear as standard, with separate adapter kits available for other common axle standards.
The Alta will also be available with a dynamo hub to power lights during long rides. Built around the SON delux 12, the Alta Dynamo will ‘keep you charged up without holding you back’.
Specifications and pricing:
- Weight: 1,460g (wheelset)
- Rim depth: 35mm
- Rim width: 29mm (max outer) / 21.5mm (inner)
- Spokes: 28 front / 28 rear (2-cross lacing) Sapim CX-Ray
- Hubs: Centerlock rotor fitting / 12mm thru axle front/rear as standard (can be converted)
- RRP: £849.00 (dynamo hub option + £200)
Dov Tate, Founder of Parcours said, “With gravel and adventure riding continuing to increase in popularity, we wanted to cater for the rider who wants a ‘one wheel’ setup to take them everywhere. The new Alta wheelset will never be the limiting factor for your next ride, wherever that may take you.”
Ultra-cyclist Chris Herbert has been one of the first to put the Parcours Alta wheelset thought its paces, with it being his wheel of choice for the recent Transcontinental Race, in which he finished in 22nd place.
Chris Herbert said, “I can’t afford to own a wheelset for everything. I need a wheelset that’s fast on the road, but rugged enough to take anywhere when I fancy heading off the beaten track.
“Despite being all-purpose, the Parcours Alta wheelset performs comparably to my old race wheels on the road, they actually feel faster, particularly when climbing, and can take far more abuse than I’ll ever manage to dish out.
“I know they won’t hold me back on the road, but more importantly I also know they won’t let me down, no matter what gravel road or single track diversions I find myself on and no matter how hard I ride them.”