Bombshell Switch It wheelset review£249.99

Strong and versatile wheels

BikeRadar score4/5

These fat chrome-rim monsters look great, last well and handle most axle setups to boot. The Fat Daddy rim is 36mm wide, so 2.5in tyres feel secure however soft you run them, and you’ll be fine even if you run 3in Nokian Gazzaloddis.

The lack of eyelets for the 36 spokes hasn’t mattered in a year of hammering and despite occasional loose spokes they’re still running totally true.

The big front shell, solid flanges and heat treated chromoly rear axle mean no deviation or wallow, and the sealed bearings are running fine despite a winter of abuse.

They can be switched from quick-release to 20mm front or 12mm bolt-through rear in seconds, and there are loads of colour options – so the only potential issue is their weight.

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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