Reynolds R27.5 AM review£499.99

Tough 650b hoops

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Reynolds AMs are new wheels but we’ve battered them round the rocks of Yorkshire and the super-harsh trails of Finale Ligure in Italy without any rim damage, warping or loss of spoke tension so far.

The rims are wide enough to support any tyre well without feeling overly slow rolling, and tracking stiffness from the 28 straight-pull spokes is fine. They’re light for a broad rim setup, with quick engagement helping to create a rapid and responsive feel when fitted.

Tubeless tape and valves are included, and inflation is easy, but the slightly loose fit means we’d be wary of burping at low pressures if you’re a real corner ripper. Pricing is OK considering a full range of axle adapters is provided, and the massive bearings have stayed smooth so far.

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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