Bombshell SwitchIt review£249.99

US hardcore parts people Bombshell make some serious wheelsets and the SwitchIt is their most adaptable. The super-wide 37mm Fat Daddy rims plump up even the biggest tyres and they can take a hell of a beating.

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US hardcore parts people Bombshell make some serious wheelsets and the SwitchIt is their most adaptable. The super-wide 37mm Fat Daddy rims plump up even the biggest tyres and they can take a hell of a beating. The wheels are laced super-tight with 32 spokes and, apart from some initial creaking, they've stood up to the biggest drops that we've tackled.

The SwitchIt hubs are remarkably similar to the Azonic hubs, but that's no bad thing because they're well sealed and smooth running. The front hub can take either a quick-release or bolt-through axle and the rear one can handle a quick-release or bolted 12mm axle. All the adaptors and axles are supplied and the overall price is good considering the quality and strength.

Best Big Hit

If low weight is irrelevant and you want certified strength to survive certifiable riding moves, you need wheels from our Big Hit selection, and we reckon you should go for Bombshell's SwitchIts. You can pay a fortune for the super strong Spinergy Fall Lines or treat yourself to arguably the best hubs on the planet from Profile Racing, but at the end of the day, Bombshell's Fat Daddy rims are about as strong as you'll get, and the hubs are super versatile and supplied with all that you need to switch axles. Add excellent reliability and a tight overall wheel build and you've got a killer heavy duty package at an impressive price.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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