Token C23AR 29er mountain bike wheelset review

Alloy all-rounders

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Token's new alloy all-rounder 29er wheelset starts well with a build – 32 double-butted spokes laced up three-cross – that delivers a resilient rather than ultra rigid feel.

The middling 1,793g weight (844g front, 949g rear) is par for the price and they feel dynamic and responsive. In fact, some testers preferred the lively Token feel to stiffer carbon wheels. They stayed true and tight too, however hard we tried to bend them round berms or rattle them down steps.

The 26mm wide alloy rims support broad tyres well and they'll run tubeless. Gram counters will like the ultra light quick-release skewers and the alloy centred, three-bolt Ashima AiNeon rotors that are included.

Both discs are only 160mm though, and the rear hub is quick-release only, which limits the wheels' compatibility. More worryingly, testing was halted abruptly when the freehub snapped its retainer spring, leaving us limping home after only a few weeks' riding.

Token assures us that would be covered by the two-year/5,000km warranty, but we're getting a fresh hub to double check how that lasts.

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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