Monoprice has traditionally been a manufacturer of electronics and accessories, but the Rancho Cucamonga-based company has created an outdoor department that will feature a select number of carbon bicycle components. They have developed some relationships with carbon fiber manufacturers overseas to bring quality components to consumers at a lower price point while still being able to offer a 1-year warranty for local customers.
We got a hold of the 38mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset and were impressed with the quality and features available. Sapim CX-Ray spokes and carbon fiber hub casings contribute to a combined wheel set weight of just 1,420g (640g front, 780g rear). Monoprice wheel sets include axles (51g each) and also brake pads for use with the basalt-fiber-infused rims. Right away these wheels have proven to be light and stiff, easy to install, and hassle-free during tire-change. Come back for our long-term use review of the Monoprice carbon fiber wheelset and seat post in BICYCLIST #136. (monoprice.com $799.99)