Halo SAS Pro mountain bike wheelset review£164.99

Bombproof benchmark pair

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Halo’s SAS wheels have always been the strongest around, but the hubs didn’t always last as long. Now distributors Ison have responded and the new Pro rear hub is great.

The 36mm-wide double-eyelet, double-jointed SAS Combat rim is monster heavy but it’s close to indestructible. The 36-plain-gauge-spoke, quick-release version is tight and true enough for most, but there’s a 48-spoke solid rear axle option for utter hooligans.

It’s the new tougher, faster-reacting Pro freehub that’s the real bonus here though, performing as well as rear hubs that cost more than this whole wheelset.

The SAS Pro comes in 20in and 24in rim and 150mm rear hub versions, and the front hub is switchable between quick-release and 20mm axles.

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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