Easton Havoc Wheels review£399.00

Fast, fat cross-country/trail wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Easton’s Havocs look great and work well as fat, fast cross-country/trail wheels. The 28mm box-section rims have held up to a bit of hucking, and they’re certainly not shy of slamming through rocky sections.

Despite only having 24 skinny double-butted straight-pull spokes they feel tight and responsive unless you really stress them. Light rims and low spoke count mean good acceleration, but the rear hub is quite heavy.

These second generation versions hide up-rated oversized bearings inside the neat flangeless hubs, reliability now seems well up to par with similar wheels and the plug-in 20mm adaptors also fit more snugly. 15mm versions should be available soon too, although it’s quick-release-only at the back.

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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