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Parcours Alta gravel wheelset review: A decent jumping-off-point into carbon gravel wheels

Parcours Alta gravel wheelset review: A decent jumping-off-point into carbon gravel wheels

Getting your first pair of carbon wheels is one of the landmark purchases in any cyclists life. It’s a lot further down the line usually than getting clipless pedals or lycra shorts, and for some of us it is one of those purchases that’s just over the horizon. Maybe when you see the prices for the best gravel wheelsets it’s not hard to see why. The Parcours Alta gravel wheels, here in a new iteration compared to the 650b set we reviewed recently, represent a slightly more attainable entry point compared to the premium offerings from brands like Zipp, Roval, Cadex et al that make up the most part of our list of the best gravel wheelsets.

Is more mid-range carbon a good choice then? Well, I’ve been running these wheels with a range of tyre options to update our list of the best gravel tyres. I’ve done fast summer gravel miles through to more recent excursions through slop, and over rocks and roots. Read on to find out how they have held up, and whether or not you should part with your cash and buy a set. 

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The branding is subtle, but there’s enough to distinguish them, even in the black-on-black option (Image credit: Will Jones)

Design and aesthetics 

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