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This is my YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB PRO wheels review. I bought these wheels together with my YOELEO R12 road bike.
I tested them in my modest workshop and by riding outside. Below, you will find the results of my spoke tension tests, lateral and radial trueness tests, and my riding experience.
You learn who they are for, whether they are worth your money, how they stand out against other Chinese carbon wheels, and much more.
Spoiler alert: These are one of the best Chinese carbon road wheels you can buy.
Continue reading to find out why.
NOTE: I reviewed the older version of SAT PRO wheels (DT Swiss 350 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes). The current one comes with YOELEO hubs and Pillar spokes. Read my YOELEO PRO 2022 wheels review for more info.
Main Features & Specs
I decided to go for the PRO line, which is the most advanced. It comes with DT Swiss 350 (or DT Swiss 240 for an extra fee) hubs instead of cheaper Novatec hubs on STD and SL. You can learn more about all the differences in my YOELEO Wheels Comparison article.
Here is a quick summary of the YOELEO SAT C50|50 DB PRO’s main features and specs.
- UCI-approved & SGC certified
- Clincher (tubeless-ready)
- Easily serviceable thanks to DT Swiss 350 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes
- Two spare spokes included
- Great crosswind stability
- Ideal for steady efforts and TTs on flats and rolling terrain
- Tubeless valves and valve extenders are not included
- 3-year warranty
- Brake Type: Disc (also available for rim brakes)
- Measured Weight
- Front Wheel: 705g
- Rear Wheel: 830g
- Pair: 1535g
- Rim width: 18.5mm (internal), 25.5mm and 27.5mm in the widest point (external)
- Rim depth: 50mm
- Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray
- Hubs: DT Swiss 350
- Rider’s weight limit: 105kg (231lb)
First Impressions and Unboxing
The wheel box came with a slightly damaged corner, so I was worried about whether the wheels were damaged.
However, it turned out the wheels were securely packed to prevent any damage during transport.
My first impressions of the wheels met my expectations. They are not the lightest but look nice, clean, and minimalistic. That’s what I like.
The overall unboxing experience is not very special, unlike with Lún HYPERs, for example. YOELEO box misses a few details, and carriers should handle it better.
The question is, how will they perform?
You can watch my entire unboxing video below.
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. The results pleasantly surprised me. I put the results into the charts to make the results more visually interesting.
And here is the rear wheel chart:
As you can see, the lines form almost perfect circles. This means the spoke tension is super consistent.
All spokes were within a 5% limit, so if the average reading was 25, no spoke deviated for more than 1.25.
The difference between the left and right sides spokes tension has a simple explanation. Rear-wheel has higher spoke tension on the drive side to handle the torque from the drivetrain.
The front disc brake wheel has higher spoke tension on the left side because of the disc brake rotor.
Rim Centering (Dishing)
Thanks to the excellent results of the tests above, I didn’t expect any surprises when checking the centering of the hubs (dishing).
And here is the rear wheel:
Both wheels passed without issues. The rear hub was slightly off-center by a fraction of a millimeter. The middle part touched the end cap when I applied a little force to the dishing tool.
Difficulty to Put the Tire On
The difficulty of putting the tire on the wheels is no less important. Naturally, it also depends on the type of tires you use.
I could put the Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm tubeless tires on the rims without tire levers. However, I experienced issues inflating them (unlike with Lún HYPER rims that allowed me to inflate them using a compressor even without the tire sealant).
So, I had to use tubeless rim tape, although the rims have no spoke/nipple holes. In theory, the tubeless rim tape shouldn’t be needed. After installing the tape, I could finally seat the tires using a compressor.
TIP: If you struggle to seat tubeless tires, add one or two layers of tubeless rim tape.
For a better comparison, I also tried putting the Continental Grand Sport Race 28mm tires on these rims. I can tell you it was a pain because these tires are hard.
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 CYCLISTSHUB150 to get 150 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.
Based on the time spent riding these wheels (about 500 km now) and comparison with other Chinese wheels like Elitewheels DRIVE 45mm, Lún HYPER 50mm, and Farsports Ventoux S 45mm, I enjoy YOELEO SAT PROs mostly on flats, descents, and rolling terrain.
Due to their higher weight, they require a bit more power to get them spinning. But once they do, I feel like the bike wants to go faster and faster.
Their crosswind stability is excellent. I would say better than the lighter wheels like Elitewheels DRIVE or Ventoux S.
However, they are not as maneuverable at high speeds (especially in technical descents) because of their higher weight and, therefore, larger inertia.
I believe the riding comfort mainly depends on the tire pressure and geometry (or bike fit, respectively). However, the wheels are not super-stiff, so they are suitable for harsher roads.
I would summarize YOELEO SAT PRO as follows:
They offer great value for the money. Moreover, they are easily serviceable thanks to widespread components like DT Swiss 350 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes. You can buy these parts in many bike stores.
However, they are heavier (about 200-400g) and not as stiff as other Chinese alternatives like Lún HYPER, Farsports Ventoux-C, or Ventoux S (these are much more expensive, though).
YOELEO SAT PRO Alternatives
There are a few YOELEO SAT PRO alternatives worth mentioning.
- Lún (Winspace) HYPER are slightly more expensive. They come with in-house designed hubs, carbon spokes, and a beautiful rim finish. Based on multiple independent reviews online, they pretty much set a new standard for Chinese carbon wheels. Use the ‘cyclistshub10‘ discount code at winspace.cc to get 10% off your purchase. You can also read my in-depth HYPER review.
- Farsports Ventoux C come with Sapim CX-Ray steel spokes and in-house designed hubs. They are not UCI-approved, but meet ISO 4210 quality standards. Use the ‘cyclistshub100‘ discount code at www.farsports.com on the checkout page to get 100 USD off your purchase. You can also read my in-depth Ventoux S review.
- Elitewheels DRIVE are super-lightweight (they weigh only 1280g in the 45mm option). They have in-house designed hubs, carbon spokes, and a unique rim finish. Use the ‘cyclistshub‘ discount code at www.elite-wheels.com on the checkout page to get 15% off your purchase. You can also read my in-depth DRIVE review.
If these wheels are too expensive for you, I recommend you browse my selection of other Chinese carbon road bike wheels that includes more affordable wheelsets.
YOELEO Wheels FAQ
Overall, these wheels fulfilled my expectations. Visual-wise, they are nice and clean. They don’t stand out and go along well with pretty much any bike.
They easily passed all my in-house tests – YOELEO’s wheel builder or their quality control department did a really good job.
Putting on Tufo Comtura 4 TR 28mm tires was pretty easy. However, I also tried more durable, and puncture-proof tires, Continental Grand Sport Race 28mm, and putting them on was difficult.
Inflating the tubeless tires required adding tubeless rim tape, although the rim’s design should allow seating TL tires without it.
Ride-wise, they are not too stiff, so they are pretty comfy on rougher roads. I enjoy riding them on flats and rolling terrain because they keep their momentum well.
Due to their deeper profile and higher weight than some more expensive alternatives, they are not as responsive when climbing as shallow or lighter carbon wheels.
I don’t recommend them for criteriums or riders who often like to change their pace. But, on the other hand, they are pretty stable in crosswinds.
It’s a shame that the packing didn’t include tubeless valves and valve extenders. I think they should be included at this price point.
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