A four digit price tag and the horrific inconvenience of flatting are compelling reasons to leave a carbon racing tubular wheelset in the wheelbag for training rides on the damp, debris laden roads of early spring. Even if it's just an errant pebble taking a dig at the custom colored decals we lovingly applied over the winter while dreaming of the Tuesday night omnium series, the thought is unbearable. Reynolds agrees hence the Stratus Sport Road Wheelset. Whether you're after a training day supplement or an all comers, everyday wheel that brooks no nonsense and won't throw you around in crosswinds, the Stratus Sport is equal to the job. The Stratus Sport sacrifices all the qualities we look for in featherweight race wheels in favor of those on our nigh indestructible daily abuse wheel checklist. While that's not an official category in the cycling industry, the Stratus Sport's pothole killing 6061 alloy rim and DT competition spokes make a strong case that it should be. Aluminum rims are not only less expensive than carbon, they also provide a bit more radial flex. This doesn't hamper power transfer, but it does make for a more gentle ride across rough rural roads and unforgiving city tarmac. The rims are laced to Reynolds' Racing hubs, which spins up with a smoothness more on par with a race wheel than a daily grinder.