Azonic Outlaw review£249.00

The Outlaw is Azonic's new all-mountain wheelset and it's impressed us. The broad 32mm rims didn't show any signs of bending, although they're not rim brake compatible.

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The Outlaw is Azonic's new all-mountain wheelset and it's impressed us. The broad 32mm rims didn't show any signs of bending, although they're not rim brake compatible.

Thirty six plain-gauge spokes front and rear increase strength and the wheel build is tight, with no obvious bagginess even after a deliberately hard test period.

Where these wheels really score though is their ease of use - the chunky hubs are quick-release and bolt through axle compatible at both ends. You get the relevant parts in the box, rather than having to buy them later. Big metal seals keep the muck out and the almost silent freehub still felt good after several months. A 150mm width rear hub is also available but is £10 extra.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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