Parcours Launch Brand New Gravel Wheelset – The Parcours Alta
British-brand Parcours has introduced an exciting new gravel wheelset to their range, the Parcours Alta.
Disc brake specific, the Parcours Alta is designed to be lightweight enough for climbing on smooth tarmac, but robust enough for when you take that gravel road detour, making it a versatile wheel option; designed to take you further, and indeed faster, off the beaten track.
Tubeless-ready, the Alta is designed using Parcours’ proven-and-tested aerodynamic profile, making it a great option for those seeking performance gains as much as it is those seeking a responsive and stable ride.
Both wheels are also built with 28 spokes for ultimate robustness, and without the constraints of a braking surface, the 21.5mm inner rim diameter is ideal for a wider do-it-all tyre.
The precision-machined alloy hubs are also fitted with high-grade EZO cartridge bearings to deliver smooth running in all conditions and use a Centerlock disc fitment. The hubs are fitted for 12mm thru-axles front & rear as standard, with separate adapter kits available for other common axle standards.
The Alta will also be available with a dynamo hub to power even the longest adventure. Built around the SON delux 12, the Alta Dynamo will keep you charged up without holding you back.
PARCOURS ALTA – KEY TECH SPEC
Weight: 1,460g (wheelset)
Rim depth: 35mm
Rim width: 29mm (max outer) / 21.5mm (inner)
Spokes: 28 front / 28 rear (2-cross lacing) Sapim CX-Ray
Hubs: Centerlock rotor fitting / 12mm thru axle front/rear as standard (can be converted)
RRP: £849.00 (dynamo hub option + £200)
Dov Tate, Founder of Parcours says, ‘With gravel and adventure riding continuing to increase in popularity, we wanted to cater for the rider who wants a ‘one wheel’ setup to take them everywhere. The new Alta wheelset will never be the limiting factor for your next ride, wherever that may take you’
And ultra-cyclist Chris Herbert has been one of the very first to put the Parcours Alta wheelset thought its paces, with it being his wheel of choice for the recent Transcontinental Race, in which he finished in 22nd place.
Chris says, ‘I can’t afford to own a wheelset for everything. I need a wheelset that’s fast on the road, but rugged enough to take anywhere when I fancy heading off the beaten track.
Despite being all purpose, the Parcours Alta wheelset performs comparably to my old race wheels on the road, they actually feel faster, particularly when climbing, and can take far more abuse than I’ll ever manage to dish out.
I know they won’t hold me back on the road, but more importantly I also know they won’t let me down, no matter what gravel road or single track diversions I find myself on and no matter how hard I ride them.
For more information about the full range of Parcours wheels, visit www.parcours.cc
PARCOURS – meaning the ‘profile of the race or stage route’ – was founded in the summer of 2016 by Oxford University Engineering graduate Dov Tate, after he discovered that there was something missing from the market; an affordably priced and aero-tested wheelset. Using his background in engineering and passion for the sport of cycling, Dov decided to set out with the idea of creating just that.
Alongside long and demanding days in a high paced role in the City, Dov spent the early part of 2016 reaching out to different suppliers to find out what materials they had to offer, and in the March of that same year travelled over to the US to begin some more comprehensive testing in a specialist wind tunnel in North Carolina. As part of this process Dov started to investigate where others had gone wrong, and indeed the routes in which he would be able to take in order to set Parcours apart from its competitors. Upon receiving the results, Dov was able to fully analyse the data recorded and look into trends in manufacturing, rim shape and design – from which some early wheel designs were drawn.
In early June 2016, Dov travelled all the way over to China, to specifically research the materials and processes behind the development of the wheels. He explored different carbon layups, resins and components, to ensure that not only was he looking to create a fast and competitive aerodynamic wheel, but also one that would be able to withstand impact, with a build quality that made them durable and robust.
A few months later in the summer of 2016, Parcours was officially launched; with three wheels headlining the new range – the Grimpeur, Passista and Chrono.
Parcours have enjoyed some great successes over the years, and continually seek to refine and develop their product range with new generation wheels launched as new technologies emerge and trends evolve.
Parcours wheels are the ideal choice for athletes that have an interest in tangible gains in their sport – those that want to see transparency and proven data, recognising the benefit that good aerodynamics can have on their performance.
Parcours partner with some of the world’s best athletes, who train and race using their products, and at the same time helping to test and offer feedback, helping to shape the path of ongoing product development. Parcours athletes include triathletes Fenella Langridge, Laura Siddall, Caroline Livesey and Adam Bowden, as well as the Melbourne-based Kern Racing Team.