DMR Thret HD Custom wheelset review£289.94

Strong and versatile

BikeRadar score3.5/5

DMR are well known among dirt jumpers and 4X riders, but this seriously tough wheelset shows they deserve wider recognition. At just over 500g, the new Thret rim is 250g lighter than previous DMR hoops, although chunky hubs and thick 36-spoke lacing mean it’s still an effort to get them going – but these hand-built wheels have proved unfalteringly stiff and strong.

The DMR front hub is fully axle versatile and the superfast pick-up six-pawl rear comes in bolted or 12mm bolt-through options. They’re proven for taking the biggest drops or most savage power snap without flinching, and there’s no trace of flex on the trail. Both rims and hubs are available in a wide range of colours.

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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