Wheels - equally essential to all bikes but not all wheels are created equal, especially not wheels from upstart Australian brand, Partington. To ride with Partington wheels is to experience an engineering epiphany, a sublime sensation that starts the moment you set out onto the road.
Founded by namesake Jon Partington to reimagine advanced wheel production and performance, Partington wheels are designed and made in Victoria, Australia, where they exist in good company, only a stone's throw from Baum and Prova cycles.
Cycling and motorsport have always drawn close parallels, and that's undoubtedly true of Partington. Originally a machinist, Jon became a design engineer, working on transmissions and powertrains for companies like Prodrive, Antonov, and eventually Ford, before returning to academia as a PhD scholar at Deakin University in Advanced Composites. That collective experience and dedication to knowledge set him on his path to founding Partington Wheels.
We're plenty familiar with boutique bike wheels at Above Category, and clearly, we've got a bit of a thing for Australian design and craftsmanship, so it should come as no surprise that Partington wheels caught our attention. However, while there's no shortage of exceptional bicycle wheels these days, it's a rare occurrence that a brand appears and elevates the art at their first attempt.