Initial Reaction: Velocity A23 Road Wheelset Jan 21, 2011


Modern road wheels are not my forte. In fact, the only wheels I’ve ever ridden have all been period-correct to my bikes. Whether it’s Campy Record to Omega rims or Dura Ace hubs to Wolber rims, I’ve always stuck to the vintage aesthetic. Maybe that’s why when I first saw the Velocity A23 wheelset, I struck a liking to it. It’s simple, lightweight (1,580g) and affordable.

Check out more of my Initial Reaction below!


Velocity describes their A23 road wheelset as:

“The A23 is the newest road wheelset from Velocity. The A23 wheelset partners our newly designed proprietary hub with our A23 rim. The rear hub has offset flanges to provide precise tension, allowing for a symmetric wheel that is stronger and stiffer than a rim laced to a ‘traditional’ flanged hub; which optimizes power transfer. Using a 23mm wide tire with the A23, you maximize the tubular ride qualities while retaining the convenience of a clincher; increased cornering abilities especially at high speeds without sacrificing rolling resistance makes the A23 wheeset THE set for crits and road races.”

There are two models, the Pro and the Comp. The Pro is lighter by 180 grams and has a lower spoke count (20f x 24 r). Since I’m 220 lbs and was planning on putting this on my Affinity 212, I went with the Comp (24f x 28r).


Right out of the box, the A23s looked really slick. With the rear wheel’s radial non-drive by 2x drive-side lacing and the front wheel’s radial lacing, this wheelset looks great on any bike. The extra width of the rim is perfect for bigger tires.


Mixed with my favorite urban tire, the Panaracer Pasela, these wheels added a touch of class to my road bike. They’re competitively priced against Rohl, Mavic and other well-know name brands. Now I haven’t exactly thrashed these yet, so it’s not a full review but in the coming months I plan on taking these off-road and onto some of the lighter trails here in Austin.

Expect a full recap in the near future and if you wanna see more photos, check out my Flickr. Thanks to Velocity for letting me try these out. You guys are the best!

  • funkadrome

    Is it 23 or 25c Pasela?

  • prolly


  • Marty

    Respect man but… I don’t know how to classify that setup. Not racer, not roadie, not fred nor hispter… although, I can picture my gramps riding it.

  • prolly

    Wait till you see my Woodville touring bike!

  • shane

    Can they take a campy cassette?

  • dontcoast

    all tires on A23’s have a wider distance between the beads (compared to “normal” roadie rim)

    therefore, even on 23’s, you have more air volume in the tire than the identical tire on a narrower rim

    more air volume = better traction, more cush = good

    disclaimer: this is all theory to me since I haven’t ridden them more than acorss the parking lot, but I have closely inspected them and seems convincing, my boss commutes on them and likes em.

  • JT

    I just got a pair of A23 rims laced to All-City New Sheriff hubs on my GT Pulse. I’m rolling on 25c panaracer RiBMo tires. The combination is perfect for urban commuting where the roads are a little rough but you want to hold speed. The laggy feeling you sometimes get when riding the wider road tires has been eliminated. What Velocity claims about these rims really is true, You really feel it when cornering. You get the perfect amount of cushion without adding rolling resistance.

  • s

    I’m with you on this build, I’m totally with you. Every part, every detail makes perfect sense… until I get to the pedals. Are you hitting trails with this?

  • Jeff

    The “Race” hub which is on these wheelsets is available with a Campy compatible cassette body.

  • Ambro

    Any updates to the review?  I’m about your size and just ordered the comp in the 28/28 spoke count.  I wanted a 28/32 but 32-spoked rims were out-of-stock for at least a month.  How are your wheels holding up?

    • John Watson

      Great! I haven’t had any issues with them. I got them re-tensioned once and they’re still kicking strong.

      • Ambro

         I got my set last week and so far have been very impressed. I’m running the 28/28 and I noticed the rear has a very very slight wobble due to some gnarly potholes. I was running them with some 35mm CX tires on the road and trails and took some deep pot holes at around 20 mph.  To be clear – the ‘wobble’ is so slight it does not even require truing.  Just thought I’d mention it and recommend that a larger rider consider a 32 count wheel. (I’m 210 lbs).  Overall I really like the wheelset – so much so that I’m saving up to get another pair – very smooth on the road and better traction on the trails.  Can’t wait for Cross season.