Superstar Electro Alpine30 Trail review

Tough wheels at a great price

BikeRadar score4.5/5
  • Weight: 910g + 1,020g = 1,930g
  • Width: 29mm/35mm
  • Freehub lag: 3 degrees
  • Sizes: 27.5, 29in

Superstar has always produced outstanding value wheels, but few people appreciate the level of detail it puts into sourcing and building them at every level. It’s very obvious with this set of proper premium performers though.

The Alpine 30 rims are asymmetric to reduce the offset of the spokes. The idea is that you’re getting a better bracing angle rather than a more vertical and laterally weak build.

It’s a hard concept to prove or disprove (there are obvious counter arguments that the rim is less supported on the driveside), but the hand built construction with 32 ultra butted Sapim Laser spokes at either end certainly feels solid and accurate on the trail.

The pre-taped ‘LockR’ rim profile means tyres pop easily and securely into place once you’ve added some valves to the equation (£6.99 from Superstar or £10.99 for colour matched alloy). The 29mm inner width is well sized to give a good, buoyant profile on 60mm tyres (that’s 2.35–2.6in depending on brand).

Despite the super competitive price, Superstar wheels are hand built to order in the UK rather than machine built overseas. The resulting attention to detail gives a very user friendly ride feel between precise tracking accuracy and enough give and shock shrug to carry speed and avoid punishment on really long rocky descents.

I've not had any ding or burp issues while testing and top quality SKF bearings underwrite long-term smoothness.

The instant reaction Electro rear hub also offsets the relatively high weight of the wheel when it comes to snapping back up to speed out of corners, or before jumps.

Considering the quality, the price is excellent, and Superstar includes a two-year warranty, a crash replacement discount scheme and free spoke re-tensioning for life.

Custom options and a wide range of other package wheels are also available on site at a similarly good price.

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: 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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