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YOELEO introduced a new wheelset, YOELEO SAT DB PRO 2022, a few months ago.
It has in-house design hubs, Pillar WING 20 Aero spokes, and a new ‘marble’ rim finish.
I’ve been using these wheels for about 500 km. I also tested them in my modest workshop.
So, in this review, I share my findings, and you also learn what I think about them.
In short: These sub $1000 carbon wheels are worth their price. Feel free to buy them here or continue reading for more info.
YOELEO slowly discontinued its SL and STD wheel lines in 2022. They are now only selling the PRO line.
The PRO 2022 comes with YOELEO 220 SP (rim brake version) or YOELEO 230 SP (disc brake version). However, you can still opt for more expensive DT Swiss 240 EXP hubs.
YOELEO claims their hubs are lighter, easier to maintain, and more reliable, thanks to fewer moving parts. We will see how they cope with the test of time.
The introduction of in-house designed hubs also means YOELEO can offer more competitive pricing and will become less reliant on the 3rd party suppliers.
Another difference is in spokes. Unlike the previous generation of SAT PRO wheels, the 2022 edition comes with Pillar Wing 20 aero spokes, not Sapim CX-Ray.
YOELEO SAT PRO 2022 Options
YOELEO is known for its wide wheels offer. The SAT PRO 2022 wheels are available for:
- Rim and disc brakes
- In rim depths of 38, 50, 60, and 88mm
- For road (internal rim depth of 17 or 19mm, external 25 or 27mm) and gravel (internal rim depth of 22mm, external 30mm)
- Clincher (tubeless-ready) or tubular
Remember, not all combinations are available. For more info, visit yoeleobike.com.
Here is a quick summary of the YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB PRO 2022 main features and specs.
- UCI-approved & SGC certified
- Clincher (tubeless-ready)
- Great crosswind stability
- Ideal for steady efforts and TTs on flats and rolling terrain
- Two spare spokes included
- Valve extenders included
- Tubeless valves are not included
- Tubeless rim tape is not preinstalled or included
- Very loud hub sound
- 3-year warranty
- Brake Type: Disc
- Front Wheel: 729g
- Rear Wheel: 816g
- Claimed weight: 1563g (±15g)
- Measured weight: 1545g
- Measured rim width:
- Internal: 18.1mm
- External: 25.5mm, and 26.5mm in the widest point
- Rim depth: 50mm
- Spokes: Pillar Wing 20 aero spokes
- Hubs: YOELEO 230 SP
- Rider’s weight limit: 105kg (231lb)
First Impressions and Unboxing
The wheels came in the same box as the previous generation. It was not damaged, so I was confident in the good condition of the wheels.
They were protected using foam inserts and a foam bag.
The packing includes 2 spare spokes and 2 valve extenders.
YOELEO also started to add this label informing customers about their experience and UCI approval.
The rims also contain info about the passed quality control.
Since last time, I have noticed a small improvement (thanks to the label attached to the wheel).
But there are still things to improve. For example, the box could contain some motivational text, like the Lún wheel boxes.
Here are a few more detailed pictures.
Lateral and Radial Trueness
A simple trueness test showed that the wheels were almost 100% true. The deviations (<0.5mm) were hardly visible.
I measured the spoke tension of every spoke of both wheels.
All left side spokes of the front wheel were within 5% of the average. The left side was very consistent.
The right side ended up a little worse. The biggest deviation was 9.7%.
The rear wheel ended better except for one left spoke (6.2% deviation).
Rim Centering (Dishing)
I had high expectations from these tests because the previous SAT PROs I tested ended up great.
The truth is, both hubs were almost perfectly centered.
See the following pictures of the front wheel:
And here is the rear wheel:
Difficulty to Put the Tire On
For this test, I always use the same tubeless tires – Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm.
The rims are the same as in the previous generation, so I didn’t expect much difference when putting the tire on the rims.
Seating tubeless tires is another story. I had to use an air compressor for seating them.
Based on my experience, it’s the easiest and most effective way to seat tubeless tires.
TIP: If you struggle to seat tubeless tires, add one or two layers of tubeless rim tape, and eventually, apply soapy water to the rims.
The table below shows the individual criteria of all wheels I tested and my rating.
|Reviewed Wheelset||Tire On*||Lateral Trueness||Radial Trueness||Spoke Tension||Rim Centering||Average||Buy||Rim depth||Weight (F | R | Pair)||Rim Width (I)||Rim Width (E)|
|YOELEO C50|50 SAT DB PRO||4||5||5||5||5||4.8||Check Price (yoeleobike.com)|
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
|50mm||705g, 830g, 1535g||18.5mm||25.5mm|
|Lún HYPER 50mm||4||4||4||4||4||4||Check Price|
Use code CYCLISTSHUB10 to get 10% OFF
|50mm||650g, 779g, 1429g||19mm||26mm|
|Elitewheels DRIVE 45mm Disc||3||4||4||4||5||4||Check Price|
Use code CYCLISTSHUB to get 15% OFF
|45mm||562g, 718g, 1280g||21.4mm||28.8mm|
|Farsports Ventoux S||3||4||4||4||4||3.8||Check Price|
Use code CYCLISTSHUB100 to get 100 USD OFF
|45mm||637g, 755g, 1392g||19.2mm||25.5mm|
|YOELEO C50|50 SAT DB PRO 2022||4||5||5||4||5||4.6||Check Price (yoeleobike.com)|
Check Price (yoeleoeurope.com)
|50mm||705g, 830g, 1535g||18.5mm||25.5mm|
|Trifox WT11||5||4||4||3||3||3.8||Check Price|
Use code CYCLISTSHUB to get 8 % OFF
|50mm||769g, 874g, 1643g||18.4mm||25.1mm|
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.
*How difficult it is to put a Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm tubeless tire on and properly seat it.
The new SAT PRO 2022 wheels behave like the old ones. I am honestly not able to tell the difference.
They have good crosswind stability (better than HYPERs), so they don’t require as much focus in crosswinds.
I like riding them on flats and descents. They feel faster than lighter wheels thanks to their larger inertia and the momentum they maintain.
This also brings me to their maneuverability. These wheels want to hold a straight line. I felt some unwillingness to steer at higher speeds and technical descents.
This being said, I believe these wheels are perfect for steady efforts and time trials.
But, they are probably not the best option for quick speed changes, like in criteriums. There are also lighter wheels more suitable for climbing.
I can’t comment on the durability because I don’t use them for so long. However, I am confident that YOELEO would help solve any potential issues.
One thing I don’t like is the freehub sound. Listen to it yourself:
YOELEO SAT PRO 2022 Alternatives
- Lún Road Series have a unique rim finish and in-house designed hubs (use the code CYCLISTSHUB10 to get 10% OFF).
- Elitewheels BWT have optionable hubs from DT Swiss and Sapim CX-Ray spokes (use the code CYCLISTSHUB to get 15% OFF).
- Farsports Kaze are almost fully customizable. The price differs based on the components (use the code CYCLISTSHUB50 to get 50 USD OFF).
YOELEO Wheels FAQ
I was very curious if I could tell the difference between the SAT PRO wheels with DT Swiss 350 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes and the new SAT PRO Wheels 2022 wheels with YOELEO 230 SP hubs and Pillar Wing 20 aero spokes.
The answer is: ‘I can’t even when riding them side by side.’
I also can’t comment on longevity because I haven’t used the wheels for tens of thousands of kilometers yet.
What you will notice, however, is the price difference. Previous SAT PRO wheels offered good value for money, but I think the value of the 2022 SAT PRO is even better.
The only shame is that YOELEO didn’t spend more time optimizing rims. Narrow rims are getting outdated and more people lean toward wider rims thanks to the popularity of wider tires.
The product for this review was kindly provided by the manufacturer. This did not influence my overall verdict or my opinion about the product.