Sun Ringle Charger wheels£319.99

Tough but bling wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Based around a mix of new and old components, the Chargers are great, buff and burly all-rounders.

At just under 1,900g they're at the lighter end of things, but Sun’s new low, mid-width Equalizer 27 rims also seem pretty tough considering the thrashing we’ve given them.

The double-butted Wheelsmith spokes work well, helping to keep the weight down but stiffness up.  

The 20mm version gets the Dirt Flea front hub, with an equally established Dirty Flea rear, and both used sealed bearings behind big metal flanges.

The fact we’ve got 10-year-old Ringle hubs still going is a good sign as well – expect to service them regularly though.   

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
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • 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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