Easton Haven mountain bike wheelset review£730.00

Hand-built all-mountain hoops

BikeRadar score3/5

The Easton Haven rims' 22mm internal diameter can handle big tyres. They're properly tubeless-compatible with a valve already installed, and while they’re tight to get tyres onto, they seal and blow up really easily. Even our biggest testers haven’t managed to dent their sets after relentless rocky abuse. 

The skinny, straight-pull bladed spokes run high tension to keep tracking really tight, with a sharp slingshot feel through corners. Pickup speed is average, but once engaged they accelerate really quickly and they’re a joy to flick around on the trail. Bearing life is below par though, and Easton freehubs temperamental – disappointing given the high price.

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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