The 'Race' in the name of these hefty Nukeproof wheels definitely refers to downhill rather than cross-country competition. Axle switching isn’t easy but they are sturdy.
The broad rim is based on Sun Ringlé’s MTX family, with a 23mm internal width giving you free rein on rubber size. Thirty-two plain gauge DT spokes spread impact loads well, and we’ve not had any issues despite hammering and hucking them.
The 20mm hub can convert to 15mm and quick-release while the 15mm hub will only convert to QR. Bearing life can be variable, so make sure you give them plenty of love and care. They’re not tubeless-ready (or taped) either, although you do get spare spokes. If bright yellow scares you, they come in silver and black too.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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