ican Carbon Wheels Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

Carbon wheels are a great addition to any bike and they offer many advantages over aluminium ones. They are stiffer and respond better to braking, they can be lighter and look more beautiful. However, they can also have drawbacks. The main problem is that they do not have the same braking qualities as aluminium wheels. Fortunately, there are solutions to this issue. You can find full carbon clinchers with decent braking qualities for an affordable price.

ican is a company from Shenzhen, China that offers premium carbon products. Their wheels are very lightweight, with a modern 25mm exterior width on the rims that swell to 27mm at the braking surface to cheat the wind. The rims are reinforced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Novatec R01 hubs.

The ican carbon wheels are tubeless-ready and they come with brake pads, spare nipples and a quick release tool included. They have a knurled wedge to reduce the need for carbon grip paste and they are UCI-approved. They are compatible with Shimano/SRAM cassettes and Campagnolo freehubs but they do not have a machined BSA bottom bracket.

The ican carbon wheels are not the lightest on the market but they offer good braking qualities for an affordable price. They are a great option for time trials, steady efforts or flat roads. They have higher inertia than HYPERs but they maintain speed well in crosswinds and are perfect for demanding riders or criterium races. They are available in disc and rim brake versions and with different rim depths.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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