Maxlight Trail 35 Boost review£400.00

A reasonable all round performing 27.5in wheel

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Trail 35 is the only 27.5in offering in Maxlight’s new wheel range (there’s a 28.5mm internal 29er wheel). Once taped and sealed it’s a reasonable all round performer at a reasonable price if you don’t go crazy.

The 32 double-butted spokes give it a forgiving rather than feisty handling feel

Getting it sealed is more of a pain than normal as construction holes in the outer well of the pointed crown, sleeve-jointed rim mean it needs extra wide tape.

The shallow rim gives a baggy fit and meant that it needed the valve core removing for a maximum air dump to seal it onto the rim. The loose fit also makes it more likely to fart air out and potentially pull the tyre off if you corner too hard with pressure too low.

I’ve not managed to dent the rim so far, though, despite some significant rock slams during testing.

The 32 double-butted spokes give it a forgiving rather than feisty handling feel, but that means surefooted cornering connection and a noticeable amount of impact damping/conformity that works particularly well on hardtails.

Ten-degree maximum engagement lag and a low weight mean it accelerates well for a plus wheel too. Long-term reliability of the new hubs is unproven though and it’s splined rotor fit only unless you buy adaptors.

  • Weight: 870 + 1,020 = 1,890g
  • Width: 35/40mm
  • 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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