Spank Oozy Trail 395+ Bead Bite Boost review£490.00

Ultra-wide wheelset with a boost

BikeRadar score3/5

I'm a big fan of Spank’s resolutely bombproof, bulged-rim Oozy Trail 27.5 and 29ers but these wide wheels might actually be too stiff and solid for some.

The 395+ rim has Spank’s usual ‘Oohbah’ centreline strengthening bulge and Bead Bite tyre-gripping inner sidewalls. They also come fully taped and valved ready to be turned tubeless with just a slop of sealant, though the tight sizing and centre bulge make tyre fitting and removal a fight.

It took more sealant than most of the other wheels we had on test to get them to hold consistent pressure too. But even when they were running barely double figure pressures, the reinforced rim and 32 straight-pull, triple-butted, single-length spokes are shockingly stiff. They started numbing our hands within a few minutes on rocky descents and we had to retune low speed compression on our suspension to offset the clatter.

Actual tyre security is unshakeable though and while they’re not light, inline drive is impressive and they’re very accurate on smooth trails. We had no issues with denting or spoke tension either and Spank durability is proven too.

  • Weight: 1010 + 1080 = 2090g
  • Width: 35/39mm
  • Pick up: 12 degrees
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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