Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12.00pm
By Mat Brett, Cycling Plus
If you want strength and reliability and aren’t too worried about weight, these wheels are definitely worth a look.
They’re built up from Shimano’s mid-range mountain bike hubs and Mach 1’s chunky and ultra-stiff 240 rims which come with reinforcing spoke hole eyelets and are intended to handle the rigours of city biking and trekking.
Laced up with 38 straight-gauge, three-cross spokes on each wheel, they’re far from light and getting them up to speed takes a lot more effort than with some of the lighter options. But once there, they spin along slickly on hubs that stayed well-adjusted throughout testing.
They weren’t especially true out of the box, but our best wheel wrecker put a whole lot of miles into them, including plenty across the semi-surfaced roads of Salisbury Plain, and didn’t make them any worse. They’ll handle all urban riding with minimal maintenance and are tough enough for most touring duties.
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