The Campagnolo Hyperon wheels are a purchase best made with your heart, rather than your head

Incredibly responsive, but let down by a lack of specific aero claims

Hyperon Ultra wheels
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Brilliant handling, beautiful visuals, but no real aero claims holds them back from being true stars


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    Incredibly beautiful

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    Impeccably agile handling

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    Featherweight for the depth


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    Very expensive

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    No aero claims

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The new Hyperon Ultra wheels from Campagnolo are a resurrection of the brand's de facto climbing wheelset. Now, though, the Hyperon Ultras are looking to cater to the all-rounder, with claims of hitting the ‘perfect ratio’ of aerodynamics, weight, and handling characteristics, leaving the Bora Ultras for the actual racing duties. Have they managed it? Are these some of the best road bike wheels out there, or perhaps some of the best lightweight wheels? I’ve been assessing them since their launch, and have taken them on flat blasts, up the steepest street in England, and, given it’s been cobbled classics season as I write this, over some nasty cobbles too to test their durability. In short, I’m very impressed, but do they live up to a price tag north of three and a half grand? 

Hyperon Ultra wheels

The Hyperon is back with an updated look and design  (Image credit: Will Jones)
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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsBeautiful, perhaps could be wider but that's splitting hairs9/10
WeightConsidering the depth these are very, very light wheels9/10
PerformanceAmong the best handling wheels I've ever used, but no aero claims to match8/10
HubsThe highly machined out freehub body is impressive, engagement is fast and the bearings are absurdly smooth9/10
ValueVery, very expensive for a wheelset that's potentially slower than much cheaper options6/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 82%

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.