Syncros AM DS28 mountain bike wheelset review£379.98

Solid all-mountain choice

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Syncros’s AM DS28 wheelset has been around for a while and has proved to be super-strong. It only suffers on comparative pricing.

The DS28 rim is essentially the same very stiff, deep-section rim as Halo’s Freedom. Syncros’s scalloped Bead Lock inside edge is designed to keep flat tyres on until you’ve stopped, which is useful on techy or fast descents.

The 32 DT Swiss Comp spokes and Syncros FL hubs are light, although the heavy rim means they still take some turning. They can still carry a lot of speed through sketchy stuff.

Pick-up and sealing is okay and they’re rock solid however long you hammer them too. The front hub can be converted to 20mm or quick-release, with 15mm axle compatibility coming for 2011. Matching white skewers are supplied, but the overall price is high.

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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