Halo Excite-R mountain bike wheelset review£225.00

Strong, quick-reacting wheels

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The Excite-R wheel from Halo has been around for a while, but a significant boost now comes from an upgrade to the new Spin Doctor Pro hub.

The three-pawl/30-tooth drive ring behind the tough steel freehub gives almost immediate pick-up between freewheeling and pedalling.

The 32 double-butted spokes thread into stainless eyelets in the tall ‘semi aero’ rim-brake-compatible hoops that are impressively stiff and drop-proof too.

Tyres over 2.3in start to feel wobbly on the 23mm width though, so go for Halo's Freedom Disc wheels if you want to use fat rubber.

The front Spin Doctor hub comes ready for quick-release use with supplied push-it 20mm adaptors, and spacers for 15mm axles are available separately.

Slack lacing on our sample made them creaky and slightly spongy, so be prepared to get your spoke key out.

Weight is relatively high too, but if you’re a big or aggressive rider who wants strong, quick-reacting wheels these are well worth a look.

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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