Spokes are one of the least sexy and most overlooked components on a bike. But they shouldn’t be, since they can radically alter the ride of your bike. Marshal Olson explains, and offers a preliminary look at the Sapim Laser spokes.
Race Face’s 29″ Turbine wheels are durable, unusually stiff for their size, and come at a fair price.
WTB’s Frequency Team i25 rims are reasonably priced, build up well, and work great as a tubeless setup.
We tested these wheels for about a year and a half, and found them to be exceptionally durable and well designed.
What happens when you throw a pair of 27.5″ wheels on a Santa Cruz Blur LT2? You get a bike that corners better and feels more stable at speed.
If you’re considering making the jump to carbon, the Reynolds All Mountain Carbon Wheelset offers the performance benefits of carbon with less sticker shock than other carbon wheels.
In short, the ENVE Composites Twenty6 AM wheelset is the current pinnacle of durability, stiffness, and weight in the all-mountain world.
For those looking for a solid all-mountain wheelset without dropping big bucks, the SUNringle Charger Pros are an attractive option. Just keep an eye on them at first.
Reviewer Marshal Olson contends that the ENVE Composite carbon rims simply blow similar-weight rims out of the water. But are they worth the price? Read up and decide for yourself.
The Mavic Crossmax SX wheels offer excellent stiffness, durability, and performance for all-mountain XC and freeriders, especially if you can tolerate a little maintenance.
Time to go tubeless? Marshal Olson thinks so.