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First look: wiggle launch £600 Cosine carbon wheels

We take a first look at wiggle's new £600 carbon fibre wheels

Following the news of its revamped Eastway bike range recently, online retailer wiggle has just launched Cosine, a range of own-brand carbon and alloy wheels, a first for the company.

With prices starting from £600 for the carbon wheels and £70 for the alloy wheels, they look like exceptionally good value for money if you’re in the market for a wheel upgrade. The carbon wheels are a particularly competitive price - we’ve seen the price of all-carbon wheels drop significantly in the past handful of years, and Cosine’s new offerings are among the cheapest yet.

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Cosine carbon wheels

Cosine 45mm Carbon Clincher wheelset - rim.jpg

There are three carbon fibre wheelsets with a choice of rim depths, including 30, 45 and 55mm. The rims share a similar profile with 23.4mm wide bead track, designed to be compatible with wider tyres, as is the trend at the moment. The internal rim width is 19mm.

Cosine 45mm Carbon Clincher wheelset - nipples.jpg

The rims are laced to 7075 aluminium hubs with Sapim CX Delta spokes and CN-14G brass nipples, with 20/24 spokes. The hubs use sealed cartridge bearings and the freehub is compatible with 10- and 11-speed Shimano/SRAM cassettes. Lightweight alloy skewers are included.

The 30mm wheel weighs a claimed 1,580, the 45mm wheelset is 1,700g, and lastly the 55m wheels are 1,775g.

Cosine alloy wheels

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There are three alloy wheels in the new range. The most affordable is the 24mm Alloy wheeslet, which costs just £70. It weighs a claimed 1,832g, which isn’t that bad at all for the money, and has a 24mm deep aluminium rim with a 21mm external width. There are sealed bearings in the hubs and black stainless spokes.

Next up the price ladder are the 23mm Alloy Disc wheels (£180). With a  24mm wide and 23mm tall disc-specific rim, these are clearly suited to gravel, cyclocross and road plus bikes where larger tyres are standard. The hubs use conventional quick release axles with a 135mm rear hub spacing, and 6-bolt disc mounting standard.

Finally, there are the 32mm Alloy wheels, which at 1,485g are the lightest wheels in the Cosine range. They have a 32mm deep rim with a 21.5mm width, and it’s tubeless-ready. The rims are laced with 20/24 double butted stainless spokes to alloy hubs with sealed bearings. The freehub has four pawl internals with 27 points of engagement, and is compatible with 11-speed Shimano and SRAM, and 8/9/10-speed with a provided spacer.

“Cosine wheelsets are meticulously designed and specified to offer you the greatest performance gains for the best possible value. Each wheel set is assembled to the highest standards using the finest components, materials and techniques. A clean, understated design theme runs through the range, lending an elegant, premium aesthetic to any bike build or kit theme,” says the company.

We’ve had a close look at the carbon wheels and they do look good in the flesh, with a smooth finish and nice feel to the hubs. wiggle left us a set  of the 45mm carbon wheels to test. They’re currently being ridden, so watch out for a full review soon.

The new Cosine wheels will be for sale on wiggle's website very soon.

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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AndyCS | 8 years ago
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How much will the 55mm wheels be?

They better be CHEAP, because they're a full 140g heavier than Reynolds' Strike SLG.

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bigshape | 8 years ago
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the cosine disk wheels are 1506g according to the wiggle website.
lighter than the kinesis crosslight disk wheelset, and a fair bit cheaper...

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bigshape | 8 years ago
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any idea on the weight of the alloy disc wheels?

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trepador replied to bigshape | 8 years ago
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bigshape wrote:

any idea on the weight of the alloy disc wheels?

x2

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tandellcycling | 8 years ago
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30mm carbon clinchers wheelset 1580gram,weight no too much great...

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dst | 8 years ago
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I'd be interested in buying the rims for a custom wheel build, I wonder if they'll ever sell them on their own?

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Sevenfold | 8 years ago
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Does it strike anyone that the 30mm carbon wheels seems realtively 'heavy' @ 1580g if the 32mm alloy are 1485g albeit that the carbon are marginally wider...

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David Arthur @d... replied to Sevenfold | 8 years ago
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Sevenfold wrote:

Does it strike anyone that the 30mm carbon wheels seems realtively 'heavy' @ 1580g if the 32mm alloy are 1485g albeit that the carbon are marginally wider...

 

Carbon clincher wheels are typically not much lighter than a similar alloy wheel, quite often heavier. Remember though, you have to factor in the aerodynamics and stiffness into the equation. If you want truly light carbon wheels, tubular is the way to go

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DavidC | 8 years ago
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It has been a few years since I looked at closely at wheels as a buyer, but not so long ago it was obvious that every single bargain or retailer's in-house wheels were all the same Gigantex rims with Novatec hubs, branded with the logo of whatever company paid for the privilege. 

Is this the same sort of branded generic product, or are the rims and hubs of these wheels unique to Cosine?

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n8udd | 8 years ago
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Any mention on cost for the 32mm Alloy wheels (1,485g)?

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speeddler replied to n8udd | 8 years ago
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n8udd wrote:

Any mention on cost for the 32mm Alloy wheels (1,485g)?

its £250 

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othello | 8 years ago
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No campagnolo freehubs? 

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rjw replied to othello | 8 years ago
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othello wrote:

No campagnolo freehubs? 

 

As they're compatible with 11spd Shimano it doesn't make much difference. The cassette spacings are pretty much identical.

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cdamian | 8 years ago
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I might be interested in a Carbon Disc Center Lock version if the price is reasonable.

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