Syncros FR/DH wheelset review£379.98

Burly pair

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Syncros are still establishing themselves in Europe, but these wheels have a great reputation in hardcore areas such as Whistler in Canada.

The 32mm-wide pinned and sleeved rims won’t support super-wide tyres, but 2.5ins are okay. The underlying stiffness increases the sure-footed feel and the bead lock rim also means less chance of throwing a blown tyre. The 32 DT Swiss spokes at each end are hand-laced for a consistent build quality.

The big white hubs contribute to high overall weight, but they keep tracking levels very impressive. We’ve had no issues with the Quad Bearing System FR hubs and the steel freehub body will handle the most powerful pedallers. We are pleased to add that the FR/DH wheelset is now available in 135mm spacing aswell as the original 150mm option.

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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