Spank/Element All-Mountain wheels£260.00

Remarkably stiff and strong custom built wheels

BikeRadar score4/5

A custom build to showcase Spank rims and Elements hubs, the  Subrosa rims are a particularly impressive component of these sturdy wheels.

They’re not that heavy but remarkably stiff and strong, thanks to a unique internal profile. The downside is that they’re an absolute sod to get tyres on and off, but at least you won’t lose your rubber as soon as you flat.

The steel freehub body adds weight, but protects against gouging from loose cassettes. Component costs are competitive as well, our price is based on £50 for a wheelbuild and spokes (thanks Moonglu.co.uk), but when building your own this may vary.

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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