Weinmann XM820 rims/Deore disc gold hub wheelset review£119.95

Budget big-hit wheels

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Weinmann used to be one of the biggest names in wheel components and this XM820 rim shows they can still turn out quality kit.

We worked these super-hard for their weight and they never wobbled or dented, despite blowing tyres and even breaking a frame in the process.

At 27mm wide, they’ve handled 2.35in tyres fine (although they come off easily if you do puncture) and come in blue and red anodised finishes as well.

The 32 spokes were starting to slacken by the end of testing though, so regular checking is wise. The same applies to the cup-and-cone Shimano hub bearings, although we had no problems with this particular set. The wheels only come in quick-release flavour.

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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