DMR Zone 650b wheels review£350.00

Enduro-oriented hoops redeem themselves

BikeRadar score3.5/5

We've had our mitts on early samples of DMR’s Zones in the past. But after a disappointing big dent incident we agreed to go in-depth and long-term to see how a fresh set of hoops held up.

The important news is that after a full summer of hammer and more than their fair share of rock and big drop abuse, the Zones are still round. There are no big flat spots or jug spouts in the rims either, despite several high-speed pinch punctures and the inevitable flat tyre battering before you can stop.

These incidents caused one sharp burr on the rim that we had to file down, plus a couple of aesthetic gouges. But these niggles certainly don't add up to a deal breaker.

The hubs are still smooth, and the relatively small 12-degree pick-up lag and middling weight keep the Zones responsive under power. The 24mm inner rim width gives noticeable extra support and stability to tyres without cutting rolling speed too.

The pre-taped rims seal easily, although they don’t come with valves and it’s taken us a while to find aftermarket valves that give a consistent, reliable airtight seal (we recommend the Schwalbe ones).

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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