To most Internet trolls there are two things that stand out about these wheels: the fact that they’re plastic and the fact that they cost $4300 for a set. These two standout facts have produced a barrage of opinion. So how do these wheels stand up to the real wild world of riding? The front wheels come in 9 mm, 15 mm, and 20 mm sizes, and the rear wheels come in 10 mm and 12 mm. Front and rear are sold separately, so you can have any combination you like. I took possession of a set of these wheels seventeen weeks ago, and as I sit here writing this the wheels are as straight as the day I pulled them out of the box. At only 1.45 kg per pair they are lightweight, long range, heavy hitting bombers. I have cased jumps, rattled through square-edged rock gardens, and drunkenly ridden into curbs. Even with this reckless assault upon the wheels they remain as reliable and round as the moon’s orbit. After a month, my rear hub developed a little play, but this was quickly solved with a spanner turn. More recently, the rear hub felt a little bit gritty. No spoke work has been required whatsoever. The ballistic grade carbon rims hold up to abuse. My final test will be aiming a couple of rounds at them come stag season. Easton backs these wheels up with a two year, no-questions-asked insurance policy, so if you do manage to mangle them in a lump hammer incident, or by dropping the bike off the roof rack at highway speeds, then a new pair will spin their way back to you. These wheels have been stiff and durable, they hold tyres well, they’re light and they make me a better lover. They may be expensive, but they might be the final word in wheels. I’ll keep you posted. SEB KEMP
A 170mm 29er built to go fast as hell, and only weighs 14.4kgs with an aluminium frame. Banshee build one hell of a bike, and the new Titan lives up the hype. Get the low down inside
A new Tallboy that redefines it’s image. No longer just an XC trail bike. This thing decend’s as good as it climbs. Maybe better? Get the details inside.
The Meta TR 29, the new 130mm travel beautiful brushed alloy trail rig from Commencal just passed through the office recently. A solid, well-priced build makes this a very good option for a lot of people wanting that perfect blend between fun and pain. The go-everywhere, do-everything Meta in a neat little bundle.
One of the supercars of the modern era, the Pivot Firebird has been on the lips of everyone this past year. With Ed Masters piloting one to all sorts of reults, we got the Rod Bardsley to swing his leg over a Firey Bird and deliver some wise words of his own.
Santa Cruz have reached into their bag of tricks, and conjured up the all new Hightower. A completely revised version of their extremely popular 150mm 29er. We got to get an early ride aboard this beautiful machine on some equally stunning dirt. Here’s the lowdown…
Afton are another newcomer in what seems a flood of new shoe brands, but the stylish look and comfort have got everyone talking. Want to be the snazziest dude among your mates? Look no further.