Kore Torsion wheelset£219.99

Solid value hoops

BikeRadar score3/5

Kore’s Torsion wheels are a tad chunky but they’re a good value, tough alternative to better-known brands.

The rims are just under 30mm but that’s enough to keep a 2.4in tyre stable, even at low pressures. The convex sidewalls have a strengthening rib, reinforcing spoke eyelets, straight-gauge Sandvik spokes and Schrader-compatible valve holes.

They’re very sturdy and have shrugged off months of downhill hammering, but their high weight makes them hard to get moving.

The front hub works with 20mm and 9mm QR axles, and the rear with 135 or 150mm axles and 12mm through-axle options. The Centerlock-style holder takes standard six-bolt rotors.

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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