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Vision SC 40 Wheelset



Strong, full carbon wheelset that performs in almost all conditions – for a great price
Carbon stiffness
General performance
Good price
Hub sounds cool
Not the best climbers for weight weenies

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The Vision SC 40 wheelset is for those who want carbon primacy without the gigantic price tag. They meet this goal comprehensively, with only a few compromises to help them meet a sub-£1,000 price. They're stiff, stable and – in this rim-brake form – offer reliable, if unspectacular, braking in the rain.

With bike brands and wheelset manufacturers seemingly all trying to build things that do everything – climb, cut wind, evade wind, handle power, produce a smooth ride – it was only a matter of time before such products became available at more affordable prices.

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I'm not suggesting £970 is 'cheap' in a world of excellent alloy wheels, but certainly it's a stark improvement on five or six years ago when carbon specs like this cost upwards of £1,500. If you want a full carbon rim and a renowned name to go with it, it's about as good as it gets right now.

The specs

The SC 40s I tested are the rim brake type, but they come in disc versions too, or with 55mm depth for a more aero focus if that's your thing. But 40mm is a great option for a combination of aero and climbing performance.

They're up to date with a 19mm internal rim width – 25mm outer – allowing 25mm tyres to expand to maximum width, and 28mm tyres to fit smoothly too. They come tubeless-ready with tape fitted, though ours didn't line up properly with the valve holes, which made squeezing vales through awkward.

2020 Vision SC 40 Wheelset - rim bed.jpg

That aside, installation is simple enough, as the rim hook's shaped in such a way that tyres seat easily.

The rims have a stiff full carbon layup, with a laminated brake track. They're laced to hubs spinning on sealed cartridge bearings by direct-pull aero spokes – 16 laced radially at the front, and 21 in a radial/2x pattern at the rear.


The SC 40s are great all-round performers for the price. The 40mm rim produces good wind-cheating ability, while the rounded edge profile makes them admirably stable in crosswinds too. It's an easy-handling wheelset to get into carbon with, and one of the most stable I've come across.

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They accelerate rapidly and easily hold a good tempo, and seem to help make shorter work of steady headwinds too.

The hubs, without being spectacularly smooth or fast, still have a premium feel. Freewheeling sees little speed regression, and they give a deep, satisfying thrum without announcing to the world that you're riding some showy wheels.

2020 Vision SC 40 Wheelset - rear hub.jpg

Under power, the SC 40s are responsive without ever feeling knife edge. You can get lighter, faster-feeling wheelsets – for more money – but these are very easy to handle.

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Stability is the name of the game, and that really becomes clear going downhill. They feel super-solid, and the brake track delivers very impressive, fade-free performance with the supplied pads – they don't even squeal when the heat builds up. They're less good in the rain – the smooth, textureless track may not help here – but never to the point that you feel unsafe. Deceleration is predictable and consistent.

2020 Vision SC 40 Wheelset - rim detail 1.jpg

The 1,410g total weight (including rim tape) makes them a pleasure to climb on, although they're not the ultimate in fleet footedness. If you're a weight weenie looking at steep hill climbs, you might be happy to spend more for a lighter set, but for anyone else the performance balance is great.

2020 Vision SC 40 Wheelset - front hub.jpg

As an introduction to carbon, the Vision SC 40s are hard to beat. Mavic's Cosmic Pro Carbon UST wheels, a more cost-effective version of the Pro Carbon SL UST wheels we tested a couple of years ago, come with tubeless tyres included, but weigh a touch more and cost around £200 extra.

In the sub-£1,000 bracket, the £999.99 Parcours Strade or £985 Zipp 303S wheelsets might look like good options, but they're disc brake only.

Stu liked Edco's SIX-4s, which are available in rim or disc brake versions; they're slightly heavier (the 48mm-deep FOUR-8s are a claimed 1,580g) and slightly more expensive at £989.99.

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The Vision SC 40 wheelset is a great entry point to the world of carbon, delivering good all-round levels of classic carbon rim performance. In a world that's arguably turning away from developing equivalent wheels for disc and rim brakes, I'm glad to see Vision still producing high quality wheels for both parties.


Strong, full carbon wheelset that performs in almost all conditions – for a great price test report

Make and model: Vision SC 40 Wheelset

Size tested: 700C, 40mm deep

Tell us what the wheel is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Vision says: "Vision SC is the newest range of light and versatile carbon racing wheels, available with a 40mm or 55mm rim depth, and in rim and disc brake formats. They have been developed using extensive wind tunnel testing and on the road with professional cyclists of our sponsored teams, offering a great balance of performance and light weight at a competitive price."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the wheel?

Vision lists these features:

- Full Carbon 40mm depth rim

- Clincher rim

- 6 sealed cartridge bearings (2F + 4R)

- DP Spokes - 21F / 24R

- 2:1 aero bladed spokes

- Artisan built, entirely by hand

- Includes QR-25, brake pads and spoke protector

- Alloy Shimano 10-11sp / SRAM XDR freehub

- Campagnolo 10-11sp freehub available separately

Rate the wheel for quality of construction:

Aside from the slightly askew rim tape in both wheels, excellent.

Rate the wheel for performance:

At under a grand, it doesn't get much better.

Rate the wheel for durability:

No problems so far, although autumnal conditions will reveal more – I'll adjust this score if necessary.

Rate the wheel for weight

At this price, 1,410g is light indeed. There are lighter ones out there, but for a 40mm rim it's impressive.

Rate the wheel for value:

Mavic's Cosmic Carbons are nearly £200 more. For the performance, the price is very good.

Did the wheels stay true? Any issues with spoke tension?

None at all.

How easy did you find it to fit tyres?

28mm tyres a slightly tight fit, but I'd expect that.

How did the wheel extras (eg skewers and rim tape) perform?

Skewers are absolutely fine, but the rim tape wasn't properly aligned with the valve hole.

Tell us how the wheel performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very good in all conditions, with no real weaknesses.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the wheel

Value, stiffness, performance, and the hub sounds cool...

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the wheel

Not the most rapid climbers ever.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

It's not easy to find wheelsets like this these days – not rim brake ones anyway. Mavic's Cosmic Carbon wheelset is nearly £200 more, and for not that much extra as far as I can see.

Did you enjoy using the wheel? Yes

Would you consider buying the wheel? Yes

Would you recommend the wheel to a friend? Yes

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The Vision SC 40s are remarkably good all-rounders full stop, and that's before you get to the price. If you're sticking with rim brakes for a while, these hoops are excellent options in a shrinking field. They're fantastic and a nine.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 30  Height: 188cm  Weight: 80kg

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Pianopiano | 3 years ago

In the article it is said 16 front and 21 back spokes pattern, but the specs says 20 and 24!

Pianopiano | 3 years ago

Now the Vision website says 1450 grams. I still have their message that confirm the Wright of their mistake and confirm bike24 weight (1638).
Anyway, who has made this review should use the scale and tell us the real weight.

Pianopiano | 3 years ago

I wonder why you write false data!

Pianopiano | 3 years ago

A review without verifying the real weight is simply ridiculous.
And they don't even answer to the comments

Pianopiano | 3 years ago

Please doublecheck the wheight, it is not 1410 at all.

Gr 1550

Please, amend the review


AlsoSomniloquism replied to Pianopiano | 3 years ago

Are you measuring disc or rim? These are Rims and the discs are heavier at 1590 or so on most sites. 

Pianopiano replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago


Rim brakes (I was considering to buying them).

check official website and bike24.

And for that price, it is impossible that weight (1410), for a famous brand wheelset.

Anyway many website were wrong because at first, Visiontechusa relised the wrong weight.

I contacted them and they answered and adjusted the weight which was much higher.

Consider also tath top line Metron 40 SL are 1450  gr


ciaranmcaneny replied to Pianopiano | 3 years ago

Just looking online. visiontechusa quote two weights 1450 and 1550 (I guess rim and disc)

Bike24 may have pulled the wrong weight and both listing 1410

This review at also listing actual weight of 1400


matthewn5 replied to ciaranmcaneny | 3 years ago

I've got a set of Vision Metron 40 SL rim brake and weighed them myself, on my - analogue - kitchen scales as 725g (front), 875g (rear), total 1600g, without quick releases. That's with rim tape and an alloy Campag freehub.

Wheelset claimed weights are one of those great disappointments in life! But frankly, a few grams doesn't make much difference to aero wheels. The benefit is in the aerodynamics, not the weight, as study after study has shown.

Mario Maresca replied to ciaranmcaneny | 3 years ago

I bay the vision sc 40 rim is 1510 grams . In don't know we is possibile 1410g.

gb901 replied to Pianopiano | 2 years ago

More like 1560gr!

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