Halo Freedom Disc Pro mountain bike wheelset review£240.00

Faster engagement for '09

BikeRadar score4.5/5

A new, faster freehub brings this proven hardcore favourite up to trail speed. The broad, deep 28mm rims with 32 straight gauge spokes up front and 36 in the rear are as strong as many downhill wheels.

While there’s no escaping the extra effort required to get their bulk moving, you’ll never worry about backing off to protect them. Their stiffness and accuracy helps you hold onto speed through technical sections too.

The real boost for 2009, though, is the new Spin Doctor Pro rear hub, with super-quick freehub engagement for fast getaways and immediate jump/trials responsiveness.

It’ll handle a quick-release (QR) or 20mm axle up front and QR or bolted axles at the rear. These come in black or white, so fashion police take note.

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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