Momentum Bezerk FR mountain bike wheelset review£118.95

Affordable freeride hoops

BikeRadar score4/5

These wheels turn in a decent performance for the cash you’re splashing. The Mach 1 Freeride rim is wide enough to handle up to 2.4in tyres, has proved hard to dent and stayed straight throughout testing despite repeated pinch flats on rocky descents.

The Shimano Deore hubs are quick-release only, but there is a 15mm axle version of the wheelset available. You’ll need to look after the cup-and-cone bearings in heavy weather though – we temporarily seized the rears in just a few weeks last winter.

The tension and build quality of the 36 single-butted Mach 1 spokes is impressive for the money. Weight is 2,458g (1,132g front, 1,326g rear).

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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