Stan's ZTR Alpine 3.30 mountain bike wheelset£435.00

Light and responsive

BikeRadar score4/5

Stan’s low-profile, lightweight rims have confirmed their strength in the years we’ve been using them and the Alpine cross-country rims are no exception. They'll flex and eventually fail if you hammer them, but don’t go mental and you’ll be fine. 

The 21mm internal width gives enough support for larger tyres to add protection. They’re not the stiffest under power, but their low weight means they boost acceleration and agility. 

We’ve not spent long enough on these particular wheels to really rate the bearings yet, but reports from elsewhere are good. They come with tubeless tape  and valves installed, and there are end caps and conversion kits for all axle types.

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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