Superstar Switch Evo AM mountain bike wheelset review£214.99

Versatile bling bargains

BikeRadar score4/5

Direct selling big value powerhouse Superstar have just overhauled their wheel line and these AM wheels are a very versatile, very bling bargain.

The AM490 rims are wide enough to fatten a 2.3in tyre up nicely and at less than 2kg they’re light enough to accelerate okay out of corners and cruise climbs. The Evo hubs pick up relatively quickly and they switch easily between different axle sizes.

The basic black wheelset is £159.99 but ours was upgraded with anodised rims (five colour options for £20 more), Sapim Race spokes (add £25) and alloy nipples (add £10).

The wheels are built to order in the UK, with no obvious twang or twist even when working them hard and there’s a two-year warranty. For the money they’re very impressive.

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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