Kore Torsion EX sealed bearing wheelset review£230.00

Wide, durable and affordable

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The new Torsion is a usefully tough mid-price wheelset for big-tyre fans. The sturdy 28mm wide rims will take tyres up to 2.4in without squeezing them too thin at the base, and so far they’ve handled the intensive course of abuse we’ve thrown at them without complaint.

The 32 straight gauge spokes add weight but eliminate potential weak spots which more aggressive or careless riders will be glad of. Build quality is good for a low-cost wheel too, so we haven’t had to get the spoke key out yet.

The wheels come configured for a 20mm axle at the front and with a chromoly quick-release skewer (111g) at the rear. You also get a push-in end cap for quick-release use.

The steel freehub and bearings are running fine so far and the comically named ‘Chastity Belt’ rim tape is included as standard.

We’d rather have a conventional bolted mount for six bolt discs, though, rather than the quicker to use but potentially more catastrophic lockring and six-stub design.

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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