Love Mud Rumpus Boost review£199.00

Bargain, durable plus wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Affordable and built to fit between just about any dropouts, the Rumpus Boosts are a tempting ‘try out’ plus wheel — if you can cope with the colossal weight.

It’s impossible to ignore the mass of the 750g rims when grunting them up to speed. Once rolling though they plough through random trail trauma that would stop other wheels in their tracks.

The hubs have also been equally trouble free despite months of regular drowning and irregular cleaning

While the weight makes them stubborn to turn, once leant over they feel securely surefooted with enough feedback to make fine adjustments rather than being too floppy or too firm.

The extra width also helps with low pressure stability and means you can use standard width Gorilla or Duck tape for sealing (they’re supplied untaped, which is forgivable for the price).

The fattened tyre sidewalls are vulnerable to scuff damage, particularly if they have top-only tread, but the three sets I’ve been running have been impressively rock proof and well built, with no tension or wobble issues in the tough 32-spoke, straight-gauge, brass-nippled build.

The hubs have also been equally trouble free despite months of regular drowning and irregular cleaning, but new wheels will have updated, higher quality, stainless bearing, four-pawl, laser engraved hubs.

  • Weight: 1,240 + 1,380 = 2,620g
  • Width: 44/49mm
  • Pick up: 10 degrees

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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