One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as the best of the best in the realms of cyclocross, gravel and cycling gear. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be releasing all of the awards one day at a time. Be sure to keep checking back to see what products are most worth your hard-earned dollars. Issue 28 also has the Editors’ Awards and the Readers’ Choice awards, so be sure to order your backcopy today, which is also available on Uberflip.

We rounded up a year’s worth of workingman’s wheel reviews, and for the tubular segment, the 2015 Editors’ Choice Award goes to the Neugent A220DTW for Best Affordable Wheelset.

Neugent Cycling wheels are new for 2014, helmed by John Neugent, former owner of Neuvation Wheels.© Cyclocross Magazine

Neugent Cycling wheels are helmed by John Neugent, former owner of Neuvation Wheels.© Cyclocross Magazine

A 1385 gram wheelset for $549 that seems tough as nails has got to be one of the bargains of the decade. The 22mm wide rim has a rim bed that mates well with cyclocross tubular tires, and is hand laced with Sapim CX-Ray stainless bladed spokes to the svelte disc hubs with triple sealed bearings.

Neugent A220DTW Tubular Cyclocross Wheel Specs:

Rim: 6066 Aluminum alloy, 23mm depth, 22mm width, welded seam
Spokes: Sapim CX Ray stainless steel aero, 24 front, 24 rear
Nipples: alloy anodized, front and rear, drive and non-drive
Weight: 630g front, 755g rear, no skewers
Freehub: alloy, Shimano/SRAM 11 speed, Campagnolo 11 speed.
Warranty: 1 year, wheel protection plans available from Neugent
More info:

Last Year’s Winner: HiFi Mixmaster X

Stay tuned for the tubeless award in the same category that we have yet to unveil.