Easton Havoc AM wheelset review£499.99

Not the best in its class

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Easton’s Havoc AM has been around for a while. It's tougher than it looks, but it’s on the weighty side for its price and stiffness. The mid-depth 28mm wide rim is comfortable with tyres up to 2.4in and while it’s not tubeless as standard, it’s tight enough to convert easily.

The 24 triple-butted straight-pull spokes front and rear run high tensions to keep them reasonably stiff, and accuracy is okay, if not outstanding. They’re not that light but the several sets that we’ve used have all shrugged off black-run beatings without worry or damage.

The second generation freehubs have been beefed up too, so power transfer is rapid and reliable, and they’re well-sealed. The quick-release front hub can be converted to 20mm, but for a 15mm through-axle you'll need the new, lighter Haven wheels.

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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