There is a huge range of mountain bike wheels available to buy, from cross country race wheelsets to trail orientated ones to those using wider, tougher enduro and all-mountain rims. It's the latter two riding categories we are concerned with here, helping you find the best trail and enduro wheelset from those we've tried, rigorously tested and reviewed. Here's our best on test....
Ryde Edge 30 OS Enduro 27.5" wheelset
The Ryde Edge 30 OS Enduro wheelset goes a long way to prove that you really needn't pay the earth on a wheelset to get great performance. If you’ve got a few hundred quid to spend on a new wheelset, you could do far worse than a set of Ryde Edge 30's. They’ve been genuinely faultless and have left us thoroughly impressed.
Halo Ridge Line 27.5" wheelset
The Halo Ridge Line 27.5" wheels are a bargain wheelset that has stood the test of time very well indeed. They might be a little heavy but at £240, tubeless taped and ready to ride, we are not going to moan too much about an extra 250g over pricer rivals. With a 30mm wide internal rim width, the Halo Ridge Line’s are built as a good match for the current crop of 2.5” tyres, it shows Halo is on the ball and have their finger on the pulse when designing new products. It’s great that the rims come taped and ready to roll once you’ve added tyres and sealant, that’s added value in an already bargain product.
FSA Afterburner Wider 148 27.5" wheelset
FSA's Afterburner Wider wheelset is a respectably lightweight and versatile choice for trail riding that's put up well with some heavy usage. They're stiff without being harsh, the hubs have run smooth and the rims have stayed true. The only downside is that the 27mm internal width is a touch slender for the latest higher-volume rubber. All in all, this is a wheelset that's at a decent weight and price. It's possible to find lighter, wider and cheaper options but the FSA Afterburner Wider 148 wheelset is plenty tough and reliable and rides well to boot.
Miche 977 AXY 27.5" wheelset
Miche might not be the first name you'd think of when it comes to mountain bike wheels, but the 977 AXY wheelset is a well featured and durable wheelset at a very respectable price and weight. It's available in both 27.5" and 29" sizes too. Overall, the 977 AXY is a quality wheelset with some great features that deliver reliable performance at a respectable weight and price. More aggressive riders might want to look at the wider 977 AXY Boost wheelset for running fatter rubber but as an all-around trail wheelset, it hits the mark.
DT Swiss M 1900 SPLINE 30 wheelset
DT Swiss' M1900 all-mountain aluminium wheels are a 30mm internal width wheelset with a budget price tag. Using different hubs but the same rims as the lighter M1700 wheelset, we did have a bearing niggle with our front wheel but the wheelset has on the whole been hassle free. They are still straight and dent free after six months of testing too. If you value the quality of the wheel build, want a hard wearing wheelset with great ride quality and don’t mind the slower engagement of the hub then these wheels could be on your shopping list. For the price, they are a reasonable weight, they come in a range of widths and sizes to suit your preferences and despite being a trail rim, they stand up to the abuse of ‘enduro’ style riding well.
Halo Vortex 27.5" wheelset
The Halo Vortex wheelset is relatively robust, wider than the average, pretty cheap but also slightly hefty too. If you want a good platform for running more voluminous tyres and don’t mind a bit extra weight then the Vortex’s will be a good choice for a sturdy set of hoops for long travel machines.
We'll be adding more wheels to this list as we test them. Next up are the Crankbrothers Synthesis wheels and some more from DT Swiss.
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