Spank Subrosa/Nukeproof Generator mountain bike wheelset review£351.96

Fit-and-forget hoops

BikeRadar score4/5

This custom wheelset from Chain Reaction Cycles brings together two of our favourite tough wheel components for a solid build. Spank’s Subrosa rim uses a broad, deep, ‘OooBah’ profile to create one of the strongest all rounder rims available. It’s broad enough for fat tyres too, making it a great choice if your definition of all-mountain often strays into serious freeride territory.

The custom build option also means you can upgrade spokes and nipples to suit your needs. We’ve been running Nukeproof’s Generator hubs through all weathers and flat out thrashing situations for years without a hitch. It’s axle versatile and there are various hub and rim colour options. That makes it a properly fit-and-forget wheelset.

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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