Blade Carbon Wheels is a Canadian company that started back in 2014 and produces both full carbon and carbon/aluminum hybrid wheels for the road and track. The wheels are hand-built and sourced directly from the manufacturer for cost savings. Blade is also the official race wheel of the Canadian national cycling team.
The 2G wheels use a newer manufacturing method called Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) filament winding. Instead of sheets, the individual filaments come on a role and are wrapped around a rim mold. As CNC suggests, the whole process is fully automated. Blade has a great video on the company website that shows the difference in manufacturing between the traditional layered and CNC filament methods.
In terms of quality and performance, the Blade 2G wheels are great. On the road they roll fast and ride nicely. The ability to customize the look of the wheels is a differentiating feature that you won’t find with most other wheels. Wheel weight is always a concern with deeper section rims, and the Blade wheels’ CNC filament-wound rims help keep these wheels light enough to be used in the hills.
The Blade wheels are excellent in a sea of excellent wheel options, their distinguishing features being customization and reasonably light weight. And for high quality carbon hoops, they’re reasonably priced, as well.