Reynolds Cycling Factory Tour – Wheel Torture Lab

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Brake track tester does its worst.

Testing

Here is where the fun part of our tour began. The torture chamber.

The first such torture device is the brake track tester. This machine applies continous brake loads to a wheel for 16 minutes! It tests braking force, temperature and stopping time (for a set pressure and set speed.) Paul Lew adds that given modern innovations, heat failure is not as big a concern today as it was in years past. The machine also has hoses that can spray water to simulate wet weather riding conditions.

Other testing devices include the drop test and the pendulum test. One spectacular test was the pressure test and we got to see the aftermath of a rim exploding at 370 PSI.

Don’t try this at home – this is what happens if you over inflate your tires to 370 PSI.

Wheel Building/Warehouse Facility

All Reynolds Cycling wheels are hand built, both in the Sandy, UT facility as well as at their Asian factory.

Besides R&D, testing and office headquarters, the building also serves as the US distribution center. Here, rows and rows of wheels are prepped for shipping.

Check out this short video featuring Reynolds Cycling employees doing real world riding, testing and product development:

The Reynolds Cycling headquarters is indeed an impressive facility and it is apparent that they have put together quality people, parts, and processes to create an equally impressive quality product. For more specific information about the new carbon wheels from Reynolds, be sure to watch this video of Rob going over the highlights of the new 29er XC Carbon and 27.5 Carbon AM wheels ยป


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • pressendye says:

    My Reynolds wheelset needs tightening up every other ride. And I broke 6 teeth in the freehub. There’s no point in sending them back because their returns department is awful and I haven’t the will / time to f*** around.

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