Halo Freedom Disc Pro mountain bike wheelset review

Seriously tough hoops

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Halo’s proven Freedom Pro is a very safe, if slightly slow, way to go big. The 28mm Freedom Disc rim is fine for 2.35in tyres, and even 2.5s at a pinch. Their extra depth makes them extremely stiff and unyielding though, so beware of pinch flats at lower pressures.

They’re seriously strong too, with the 32 front, 36 rear plain-gauge spoke pattern giving extra confidence and a really tight feel through rock fields or carving turns.

Fast pick-up from the well-sealed Spin Doctor Pro rear hubs means a good snap, but there’s lots of rim weight to overcome in order to translate that into speed.

The Spin Doctor front hubs are 20mm as standard – 9mm quick-release and 15mm through-axle front spacers and 10mm, 12mm and 14mm rear axle sets are available, but they cost extra.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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