Bontrager Big Earl Wheels review£239.98

The Big Earls are Bonty's heavy duty 32-spoke wheels but they're still light enough for all-day action. The flat, broad 32mm rims are tough and they offer enough girth for any tyre.

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The Big Earls are Bonty's heavy duty 32-spoke wheels but they're still light enough for all-day action.

The flat, broad 32mm rims are tough and they offer enough girth for any tyre. They're disc brake only, but that helps keep the weight impressively low considering the strength. Offset spoke insertion, super wide hub flange spacing and good height also increase lateral strength.

The front hub is 20mm axle only but the rear hub is super versatile; it can handle every type of rear axle and it's also available with a 150mm width. The reliability is excellent too, which makes the price great. A less adaptable Earl Freeride version is also available.

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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