Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 Wheels Review: From Initial Excitement to Failure

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 review: Me kneeling next to my YOELEO R12 on a bike path.

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Superteam is a brand known in Western markets mainly thanks to cheap carbon wheels sold on Amazon.

However, they have more to offer. Since I’ve already tested a lot of Chinese carbon wheels, I didn’t turn down their offer to test their new All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels.

I rode them in the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps to learn how they behave in various conditions and stand up against the competitors.

I also subjected them to testing at home (trueness, spoke tension, rim centering, etc.). I even took a few pictures from the inside of the rim!

TLDR: I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their workmanship (trueness + spoke stiffness consistency tests). They feel stiff and responsive, but not so much that it’s at the expense of ride comfort. I also find them stable in crosswinds. Plus, they look great with the silver decals, and I’ve received many compliments from others. Their downside might be the flange design, which looks flimsy and has no side cap to prevent the spokes from popping out in the event of a failure. 

Unfortunately, their rear hub has proven to be unreliable. It failed during one of my rides to a Tour de France stage. So, I contacted Superteam with a complaint. Read on to find out more about how it turned out.

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 Background Info

All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels are the latest Superteam wheels. They have a “shark fin PRO” rim pattern. Superteam claims it improves aerodynamics. I honestly think it’s a marketing claim, but here you go.

I believe the wide, bladed carbon spokes have a larger impact on aerodynamics. They have 5.2mm in the widest point. This makes them wider than the spokes of HYPERs, DRIVEs, etc.

Superteam uses in-house ratchet structure hubs (with 36 teeth) and ceramic bearings.

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels are available:

  • for disc or rim brakes
  • in multiple rim widths (25 and 28)
  • with black or silver decals
  • with Shimano or XDR freehub body

Who are these wheels for?
The Ultra 2023 wheels are for those who are looking for affordable yet high-spec carbon wheels.

Let’s check their features more in-depth.

Main Features

Here is a quick summary of the Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels’ features and specs.

Main Features

  • Clincher (tubeless-ready)
  • Unique ‘shark fin PRO’ rim profile
  • Well assembled
  • Great crosswind stability
  • Questionable hub quality
  • Spare spokes included
  • Preinstalled rim tape
  • 3-year warranty
  • UCI-approved

Technical Specification

  • Brake Type: Disc (rim brake option is available)
  • Weight (with preinstalled rim tape)
    • Front Wheel: 633g
    • Rear Wheel: 769g
    • Measured weight: 1402g
    • Claimed weight: 1385g (±30g)
  • Measured rim width:
    • Internal: 21.3mm
    • External: 28.7mm
  • Rim depth: 50mm
  • Spokes: Carbon
  • Hubs: Superteam hubs with ceramic bearings
  • Rider’s weight limit: 120kg (265lb)

Unboxing and First Impressions

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels came in a branded box. Due to the tape, it didn’t look too clean. But the important thing is that the wheels were securely packed and not damaged during transport.

I liked the slogan inside the box: “Start here make a difference.” Maybe an inspiration from Lún wheels box?

The box also included a manual/spec sheet, spare spokes, and valve extenders.

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 manual and spare spokes.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 manual and spare spokes.

The wheels impressed me after the first look with their quality and unconventional pattern. It’s just a shame that the decals are stickers that can be easily damaged (for example, when installing a tire with tire levers).

In-House Tests

Lateral and Radial Trueness

I put both wheels on a truing stand and double-checked their lateral and radial trueness.

Front wheel Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 in a truing stand.
I tested lateral and radial trueness both turned out well

The results positively surprised me because both wheels were almost perfectly true (lateral and radial trueness-wise).

They were on par with YOELEO wheels (those are known for great build quality). For illustration, the biggest “deviation” was caused by the Superteam stickers.

Spoke Tension

In theory, spoke tension should be relatively consistent, given the radial and lateral trueness results.

And my spokes tension readings confirmed this. They surpassed Farsports Wave, but the original YOELEO SAT PRO were still the best-assembled Chinese wheels yet.

Only one spoke of the front wheel, and two spokes of the rear wheel were out of the 5% tolerance (but they met the 10% tolerance).

See the following pictures of spokes tension readings.

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 front wheel left side spoke tension readings showing relatively consistent spoke tension.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 front wheel (left side) spoke tension readings | Source: cyclistshub.com
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 front wheel right side spoke tension readings showing consistent spoke tension.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 front wheel (right side) spoke tension readings | Source: cyclistshub.com
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 rear wheel left side spoke tension readings showing consistent spoke tension.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 rear wheel (left side) spoke tension readings | Source: cyclistshub.com
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 rear wheel right side spoke tension readings showing relatively consistent spoke tension.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 rear wheel (right side) spoke tension readings | Source: cyclistshub.com

Rim Centering (Dishing)

The dishing (how well-centered the hub is) also ended well. There was basically no gap between the end cups and the dishing tool. Take a look at the front wheel:

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra - dishing front wheel left side.
Front wheel (left side)
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra - dishing front wheel right side.
Front wheel (right side)

And the rear wheel:

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra - dishing rear wheel left side.
Rear wheel (left side)
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra - dishing rear wheel right side.
Rear wheel (right side)

A Look Inside

The internal rim structure of the All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels looked smooth. I did, however, occasionally come across small remnants of epoxy. Compared to the other wheels, I have to say again that this is a “better looking” result.

The Difficulty of Putting the Tire On

These wheels are tubeless-ready, so as always, I tried to put my Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm tires on. The truth is that I didn’t have brand-new tires, so I used a used ones. Putting them on was easy. I didn’t even need tire levers.

Their seating was also easy, thanks to the air compressor. I didn’t try to seat them with a floor pump, though. I want to point out that these wheels come with rim tape pre-installed, so you don’t have to spend the time (and money) installing it.

The table below shows the individual criteria of all wheels I tested and my rating.

Reviewed WheelsetBuyAverage
Score
Lateral TruenessRadial TruenessSpoke TensionRim CenteringTire On*Rim depthWeight (F | R | Pair)Rim Width (I)Rim Width (E)Note
YOELEO C50|50 SAT DB PROCheck Price
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
4.85555450mm705g, 830g, 1535g18.5mm25.5mmAffordable and easy-to-service wheels suitable for flats and steady efforts.
Lún HYPER 50mmCheck Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB10 to get 10% OFF
44444450mm650g, 779g, 1429g19mm26mmStiff, responsive, and lightweight wheels suitable for hilly and mountainous terrain. Not too stable in crosswinds.
Elitewheels DRIVE 45mm DiscCheck Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB to get 15% OFF
44445345mm562g, 718g, 1280g21.4mm28.8mmStiff, responsive, and lightweight wheels suitable for hilly and mountainous terrain. Not too fast on flats.
Farsports Ventoux SCheck Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB150 to get 150 USD OFF
3.84444345mm637g, 755g, 1392g19.2mm25.5mmStiff, responsive, and premium wheels suitable for most terrains.
YOELEO C50|50 SAT DB PRO 2022Check Price
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
4.65545450mm705g, 830g, 1535g18.5mm25.5mmAffordable and easy-to-service wheels suitable for flats and steady efforts but with too loud hubs.
Trifox WT11Check Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB to get 8 % OFF
3.84433550mm769g, 874g, 1643g18.4mm25.1mmAffordable and comfortable, but not well assembled.
Farsports WaveCheck Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB50 to get 50 USD OFF
4.45543545/50mm736g, 880g, 1616g21.0mm28.7mmAffordable, easy-to-service, unique-looking wheels suitable for flats and steady efforts.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023Check Price
Use code CYCLISTSHUB to get 5% OFF
55555550mm633g, 769g, 1402g21.3mm28.7mmNot overly stiff, but responsive. Stable in crosswinds and ideal for most terrains, questionable reliability.
My scoring of the Chinese carbon road bike wheels with a note and other technical details.
The scale for each feature is 1-5 points, where 5 is the best. The rating can be retrospectively adjusted based on the comparison with other wheelsets.
SCROLL HORIZONTALLY FOR MORE INFO.
*How difficult it is to put a Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm tubeless tire on and properly seat it.

Riding Experience: From Initial Excitement to Failure

Thanks to the excellent test results at home, I took these wheels on my first-ever ride to the Jeseniky Mountains in the Czech Republic.

We had planned a route of about 130 km with an elevation gain of over 3000 m, steep passages, and fast descents.

My YOELEO R12 with Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels with in Jeseníky (Czech Republic).
Jeseníky (Czech Republic)

The wheels were surprisingly good. That’s why I decided to take them with me on my vacation to the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps.

I am writing part of this review from Swiss, by the way. And as you can probably guess, the wheels have served me well so far.

I find them light enough, and on long, gradual climbs, I don’t feel like their weight is holding me back in any way. Simply put, they ride well. However, I would opt for lower and lighter rims (Elitewheels DRIVE) for steep passages (8% or more).

My YOELEO R12 with Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels with the Susten Pass view behind (Switzerland).
Susten Pass (Switzerland)

Their stiffness makes them transfer energy well into forward motion. However, I don’t find this stiffness as high as, for example, HYPER wheels. I notice this, among other things, in the ride comfort, which I find much better. To be consistent in my tests and opinions, I always use the same tires and pressures.

I feel safe on them even on fast descents. On one descent here, I almost topped 80 km/h. Honestly, I’m scared to go any faster. But the important thing is that the wheels didn’t catch any vibrations/wobbles at these speeds (which happened to me with the Trifox WT11, for example).

Me and my YOELEO R12 with Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels in front of the Susten Pass sign (Switzerland).
Susten Pass (Switzerland)

As for the ride on the flat, I find them to be on a similar level to, e.g., the Farsports Ventoux S 45mm. They are fast, but still, their momentum is not as high as the heavier wheels (YOELEO SAT PRO 2022).

I’ve also ridden them in crosswinds. They seem stable and predictable. That is, except for 2 moments when strong gusts of wind hit me while descending Furka Pass. I would have had a problem with those, even with shallow rims.

Me and my YOELEO R12 with Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels in front of the Hotel Belvedere (Furka Pass).
Hotel Belvedere (Furka Pass, Switzerland)

I also like their width of 21.3mm (inner) and 28.7mm (outer). It makes for a much smoother transition between the 28mm tire and rim, which improves aerodynamics.

So do these wheels have any disadvantages? One of my YouTube subscribers (by the way, do you already subscribe to my YT channel?) pointed out the hub flange design.

According to him, it looks flimsy and too drilled. I responded by saying that the hub design looks very similar to the Elitewheels DRIVE to me. This design seems to be very popular, as I came across it quite a lot at Eurobike 2023.

Detail of the Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 rear wheel spokes pattern.
Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 spokes pattern and hub flange

At the same time, there are no side caps to prevent the spokes from popping out of the hub in the event of a fatal failure. I can’t estimate how likely this scenario is. However, the aforementioned Farsports Ventoux S have them.

A few hundred km later, I “finally” hit a deal-breaker. During my vacation, I moved to France, where I visited several stages of the Tour de France. The rear hub failed in one of the steep passages while climbing the Col de la Loze (the last climb of the queen stage 17).

Me and my YOELEO R12 with Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels in front of the Col de L'Iseran sign (France).
Col de L’Iseran (France)

The failure manifested itself in the fact that I couldn’t pedal. I could only soft pedal. It felt like the cassette was skipping.

I did a closer inspection once I returned home but found no visible defects. The issue was likely with freehub. It’s like the star ratchet gears are skipping under pressure.

Unfortunately, this failure did not allow me to return to my accommodation (about 60 km away). Fortunately, I was saved by a group of Italians, to whom I thank once again.

Luckily, I had a spare pair of wheels (Ventoux S), so I could continue my cycling holiday.

I contacted Superteam and described the problem. I appreciate that they have addressed the problem head-on. They apologized and offered to send me a replacement wheel.

The problem with the hub was allegedly caused by the wrong ratchet size in this batch of hubs. According to Superteam, everything has been rectified.

However, this is where I come to the key questions:

  1. How to verify that this statement was translated into real action/measures?
  2. Will I have such confidence in their products that I won’t take my spare wheels with me next time?
  3. How common is this problem, and is there a chance that other customers will (or have) encountered it?

I honestly don’t know the answers to these questions. I can only say that this failure came at the least appropriate moment. For a long time, I have felt no greater disappointment than not being able to continue the Col de la Loze and the subsequent worry about how to get back.

I appreciate Superteam’s approach. I received the new rear wheel and replacement parts for the old hub a few weeks later. I rode the new wheel for about 500 km without issues.

I also replaced the bearings and the star ratchet gears in the old wheel and gave it another go. So far, I clocked about 200 km on it, again, without issues.

To sum up, I was either very unfortunate, and Superteam did great damage control, or it was a more widespread issue that’s not discussed much.

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 Alternatives

Superteam All-Carbon Ultra 2023 wheels have multiple alternatives:

Superteam Wheels FAQ

My Verdict

Honestly, because of my previous association of Superteam with cheap wheels, I didn’t have high expectations for the All-Carbon Ultra 2023.

I was pleasantly surprised by their riding quality during the first few hundred kilometers.

It seemed they provide an excellent balance between light weight, stiffness, and ride comfort. Plus, they look good too.

Unfortunately, they proved to be unreliable. Their rear hub failed and didn’t allow me to pedal, leaving me stranded.

I have, therefore, contacted Superteam with a claim. They have addressed it head-on. They apologized and sent a new rear wheel with replacement parts for the old wheel.

They also assured me that similar problems should no longer occur due to improved quality control.

I used the new spare parts for the old hub. They solved the issue, and after about 200 km, I have not encountered any issues (yet). I also used the new rear wheel for about 500 km, and so far so good. I will update this review if something bad happens again.

It’s hard for me to recommend these wheels 100%. They are great to ride. The question is, will hub failure happen again? They aren’t widespread enough yet for us to have more ride data and experience from others. 

However, it is clear from Superteam’s presence at Eurobike 2023 and their communication that they take their reputation seriously and are prepared to address any issues.

In case you are interested in these wheels, you can use the discount coupon below.

Use this Superteam discount code CYCLISTSHUB at superteamwheels.com during checkout to get 5% OFF your purchase. Share this code via email


The product for this review was kindly provided by the manufacturer. This did not influence my overall verdict or my opinion about the product.

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