YOELEO Wheels SAT (SL, STD, PRO) vs. PILOT: Compared (2022)

YOELEO wheels: All YOELEO road bike wheels (STD, SL, PRO) compared in-depth

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This article explains the differences between UCI-approved YOELEO SAT (SL, STD, and PRO) and PILOT wheels.

You learn which line to go for if you are looking for a new carbon wheelset for your bike.

I will also guide you through the selection of new wheels to help you spend your money wisely. You find out more about rim depths, rim widths, spokes, hubs, and the differences between standard and offset rims.

Based on the info in this article, it will be much easier for you to choose the right YOELEO wheels.

Let’s get into it.


YOELEO Wheel Lines Compared

At the time of writing this article, YOELEO had 2 main wheel lines in its offer:

  1. SAT line which has three sublines:
    • SL = Super Light
    • STD = Standard
    • PRO and PRO 2022 = Professional
  2. PILOT line

The following table shows the differences between these wheel lines.

NOTE: YOELEO discontinued the SL and STD wheel lines in 2022.

FeatureSLSTDPROPRO 2022PILOT
Available types• Clincher (tubeless-ready)
• Tubular
• Clincher (tubeless-ready)
• Tubular
• Clincher (tubeless-ready)
• Tubular
• Clincher (tubeless-ready)
• Tubular
• Clincher (tubeless-ready)
Available rim widths23, 25, 27mm23, 25, 27mm23, 25, 27mm25mm25mm
Available rim depths30, 38, 40, 45, 46, 50, 58, 60, and 88mm30, 38, 40, 45, 46, 50, 58, 60, and 88mm30, 38, 40, 45, 46, 50, 58, 60, and 88mm38, 50, 60, and 88mm38, 50, 60, and 88mm
Weight*1100-1520g ±15g1130-1630g ±15g1160-1650g ±15g1340-1820g ±15g1200-1750g ±15g
HubsNovatec or YOELEO SL-PRONovatecDT SwissYOELEO 220YOELEO 200
SpokesSapim CX-RayPillar 1432 or
Sapim CX-Ray
Sapim CX-RayPillar Wing 20 Aero SpokesYOELEO U1 Carbon Spokes
Pillar Wing 20 Aero Spokes
Rim profiles available• U-shaped
• Off-set
• U-shaped
• Off-set
• U-shaped
• Off-set
• U-shaped
• Off-set
• U-shaped
Rim brake version
Disc brake version
UCI certified
SGS certified
Price range$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Comparison of the features of the YOELEO SAT (SL, STD, and PRO lines) and PILOT.
*The weight of the wheels depends mainly on hubs, spokes, rim width, and rim depth

SAT Line

The main differences are in hubs that influence the weight and price of the wheelsets. Most other features are the same.

The mid-range SL line is focused on climbers and riders who want to build a lightweight road bike. It uses Novatec or YOELEO SL-PRO hubs.

If you decide to go for the affordable STD line, you can expect Novatec hubs. These wheels are perfect for people who want to get their first pair of quality and affordable carbon wheels.

PRO line is focused on the most demanding riders. These wheelsets come with DT Swiss hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes ensuring great riding characteristics and longevity. You can read my YOELEO SAT PRO wheels review in my fully dedicated article.

The PRO 2022 line comes with YOELEO 230 Straight Pull in-house designed hubs (52T ratchet system) and Pillar Wing 20 Aero Spokes.

YOELEO 230 front hub detail.
YOELEO 230 front hub
YOELEO 230 rear hub
Rear hub

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PILOT Line

The PILOT line takes the best from the SAT line but takes it even further. YOELEO upgraded steel spokes to YOELEO U1 carbon spokes and YOELEO 210 carbon hubs. These upgrades result in lower overall weight and higher stiffness.

Additionally, the PILOT line comes with a unique, marble rim finish. So, if you like to stand out, you will with these wheels.

YOELEO SAT DB PRO 2022 logo detail.
YOELEO marble finish (SAT PRO wheels)
YOELEO logo detail from a different angle.
YOELEO marble finish (SAT PRO wheels)
YOELEO SAT DB PRO 2022 rim finish detail.
YOELEO marble finish (SAT PRO wheels)

I recommend the PILOT wheels to every serious road cyclist who wants the latest and greatest of what YOELEO offers.

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How to Choose the Right YOELEO Wheels?

Below, I will guide you through the selection of YOELEO wheels and features that you will need to consider before purchasing.

This guide is also applicable to wheels of other brands to a certain extent.

Wheels for Disc or Rim Brakes

The first thing to decide is whether you want wheels for disc or rim brakes. Rim brake wheels use quick-release, while disc brake wheels a through-axle (also called thru-axle).

Quick release vs. Through Axle side by side
Quick release vs. through axle (thru-axle)

Luckily, YOELEO SL, STD, and PRO wheels are available for both rim and disc brakes. You can choose exactly the wheels you need.

Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless

There are three basic types of wheels:

  1. Clincher
  2. Tubular
  3. Tubeless (also known as clincher/tubeless, or clincher tubeless-ready)
An illustration of different types of wheel profiles (clincher vs. tubular vs. tubeless)
Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless Tires

YOELEO offers all three types, so the question is, which one to choose?

Every type has its advantages and disadvantages. Non-pro riders usually use clincher or tubeless wheels because the tubular tires need to be glued on wheels. This can be messy and difficult work for beginners.

The good news is that all YOELEO clincher wheels are also tubeless-ready. This will most likely narrow down the selection for most riders to clincher/tubeless wheels.

NOTE: You can use standard tires with inner tubes on tubeless-ready rims. However, you won’t benefit from the tubeless inflation.

The following table shows the pros & cons of clincher, tubular, and tubeless wheels.

Wheel/TireProsCons
Clincher• Easy to replace
• Easy to repair
• More prone to puncture
• Heavier than tubular or tubeless
Tubular• Allows very low and high tire pressure
• Less prone to puncture
• Lightweight
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Tubeless• Allows lower tire pressure
• Self-repairing capability (sealant
fills out small holes)
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Pros & cons of clincher, tubular, and tubeless wheels/tires
Sources: theproscloset.com, cyclingtips.com

Rim Depth

The shape and the depth of the rim influence aerodynamics. The general rule of thumb is that the deeper rims, the more aerodynamic and faster wheels.

Rim depth vs aerodynamics (the deeper wheels, the more aero)
Rim depth vs. aerodynamics

Rim depths between 40-50mm belong among the most popular because of their versatility. They are great for flats and hilly terrain.

Riders who ride in mountains should get rims that are a little bit narrower because they are lighter. The weight difference of 30mm wheels is around 100g compared to 50mm wheels. YOELEO offers 30 or 38mm deep wheelsets that are ideal for climbers.

Triathletes and time-trialists benefit from deep-section wheels that exceed 60mm in depth. They are aerodynamic and can maintain speed on flats more easily than on narrow rims. If you are this type of rider, you can choose from 60, 80, and 88mm wheels at YOELEO.

Rim Width

At YOELEO, you can also choose the rim width of some wheelsets. The rim width is given as the inner rim width. It affects how wide tires you will fit on it and what aero gains you get.

Wider, higher-volume tires are more comfortable and require wider rims. Based on this study, 25mm and 28mm are faster, more comfortable, and more efficient than 23mm, 21mm, or even 19mm tires used in the past.

An illustration of the inner and outer wheel rim width
Rim inner & outer width

You should choose the correct tire width based on the ‘Rule of 105’:

The Rule of 105 states that the rim must be at least 105% the width of the tire if you have any chance of re-capturing airflow from the tire and controlling it or smoothing it.(Source)

In other words, if the outer rim width is 29.4mm, you should use 28mm tires to maximize aerodynamic benefits.

Tire WidthMinimum Rim Width
20 mm21 mm
21 mm22.05 mm
23 mm24.15 mm
25 mm26.25 mm
28 mm29.4 mm
Tire width and minimum rim width based on the Rule of 105

Tire and minimum rim width based on the Rule of 105

Some YOELEO wheels are manufactured in different widths (23, 25, and 27mm). So whether you want to use narrower or wider tires, they have got you covered.

Weight

The wheelset weight depends on the rim depth, rim type, hubs, types of wheels, spokes, etc.

Here is a quick comparison of YOELEO SL wheelsets of rim depths for rim and disc brakes. Disc brake wheels are about 40-50g lighter than rim brake wheels.

Rim depthYOELEO SL wheels (rim)YOELEO SL wheels (disc)
30mm1350g1303g
40mm1438g1500g (probably wrong claimed weight)
50mm1478g1456g
60mm1530g1523g
88mm1820g1773g
Comparison of YOELEO SL rim vs. disc road bike wheels at the different rim depths

Hubs

Hubs are an important part of wheels. What spins on your bike has to be high-quality.

YOELEO wheelsets differ mainly in hubs – the SL wheels come with Novatec or YOELEO SL-PRO, the STD with Novatec, the PRO with DT Swiss, and PRO 2022 with YOELEO hubs.

Novatec hubs are generally considered a “budget” option, while DT Swiss hubs are used on more expensive wheels.

The YOELEO 230 hubs are the latest result of YOELEO development. They are inspired by DT Swiss hubs and use the 52T ratchet system.

YOELEO STD wheels - detail of the Novatec hubs
YOELEO STD – Novatec hubs
YOELEO PRO wheels - detail of the DT Swiss hubs
YOELEO PRO – DT Swiss hubs

One of the main differences between low and high-quality hubs is in their longevity and riding experience. High-quality hubs last you longer and provide you with better riding characteristics.

If you don’t have a lot of experience or you have not tried different pairs of wheels yet, you probably won’t notice the difference.

In the end, it is the question of money. If you can afford to spend a little bit more for better hubs, feel free to go for them.

Other Features to Consider

Cassette compatibility – the vast majority of rear hubs are compatible with Shimano and SRAM cassettes (they are interchangeable). If you use the Campagnolo groupset, make sure you choose Campagnolo-compatible hubs.

Axle compatibility – if you use disc brakes, you have to make sure to choose the right axle so you can fit the wheels into your frame. To find out what axle standard your bike uses, check out your current wheels frame.

Weight limit – varies depending on the wheel construction. YOELEO wheels have a weight limit of 105kg (231lb) or 115kg (254lb). Although the wheels may handle riders above this limit, I don’t recommend trying the limits of the wheels. You can damage them and crash eventually.

Warranty – no product is perfect. It may happen that it breaks. YOELEO wheels are covered by a 3-year warranty. If they fail during standard use, you can contact YOELEO customer support to get a replacement or claim a refund.


YOELEO Road Bike Wheels FAQ


Summary

Should you buy SL, STD, PRO, PRO 2022, or PILOT YOELEO wheels?

The short answer is this:

  • Buy the SL wheelset if you look for lightweight wheels with an excellent price-value ratio.
  • Get the STD wheelset if you have a tight budget but you want affordable carbon wheels.
  • Go for the PRO wheels if you want high-quality wheels with DT Swiss hubs.
  • Check out the PRO 2022 wheels if you want quality but affordable wheels with aero spokes and YOELEO in-house designed hubs.
  • Consider the PILOT wheels if you want the latest and greatest from YOELEO.

Use this YOELEO discount code CYCLISTSHUB on yoeleobike.com during checkout to get up to 10% OFF your purchase. It’s also applicable to YOELEO CanadaGermany, FranceSpain, and Japan. Share this code via email

Also available at yoeleoeurope.com and yoeleocanada.com

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