Novatec Blast mountain bike wheelset £399.95

Attractive ready-mades

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Joytech are one of the biggest Far Eastern wheel manufacturers, and Novatec is their upmarket brand.

The Blast uses an alloy rim – not the 2X2 model’s carbon hybrid – and 24 Sapim Race straight-pull spokes keep weight light, if not exceptional, for a cross-country setup.

The Polyax locking nipples keep the wheel tighter and truer than we would expect for a reduced spoke wheel.

Add a firm connection from the broad alloy bodied hubs and there’s feedback and accuracy to play with on the trail, though we’d be wary of punishing them. Smooth Japanese cartridge bearings with metal contact seals provide a nice finish.

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