RYDE Trace Enduro/Bitex review£350.00

Rims to supersize your rubber

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Old-Skool rim legend Rigida has a new name – RYDE – and a radical range of super-wide rims. The Trace Enduro is wider internally than most wide rims are externally. Big tyres blow up like fat-bike rubber and even skinny tyres square out to become extra stable rock-shrugging specials.

The Bitex hubs use two sets of three pawls in different sequences, effectively halving engagement lag so they start driving almost immediately. The rims are light so the wheels accelerate well. The fattened tyres feel slow on roads or smooth trails and are stubborn to lean into corners, but in the rough the extra float and grip is equally noticeable. The affordable price includes a full set of wheel adaptors and they blow up tubeless easily if you add tape too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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