Novatec TX 29er wheelset review£300.00

Trusty big wheels

BikeRadar score4/5

The TX is the new version of Novatec’s super-reliable TRAM 700 wheelset, which we’ve run extensively for a couple of years on three different bikes with no issues.

The rims are disc-brake-only tough aluminium jobs with a smooth sleeved joint, and 32 Sapim Laser stainless double-butted spokes are eyeleted to each rim using Sapim nipples and a secure thread compound.

The hubs use oversized axles, high-quality sealed bearings and a choice of lightweight steel or aluminium cassette bodies; with the aluminium body our test wheels weighed in at 950g front, 1,115g rear plus the quick-release axles at 45g apiece.

The spoke build is three-cross and the disc brake side of the hub uses a larger flange for extra strength. If they’re as reliable as the last pair of Novatec 29ers we tested – and so far they appear to be just as strong but slightly lighter – these come highly recommended.

If you need spares, all parts will be available at a good bike shop. From later this year the front hubs will have interchangeable parts to suit either quick-release or 9/15mm through-axles.

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