RaceFace Turbine MTB wheels review£429.00

Sturdy all-rounder wheelset

BikeRadar score3/5

RaceFace is new to the wheel game, but the manufacturer has rolled out a set of decent all-rounders to match its trail-tough Turbine bar, stem, seatpost and crank family.

The rims are medium-wide rather than super-fat, but we’ve ragged them round rocky trail epics without denting or warping them. The 28 spokes at each end lace into robust brass rather than alloy nipples so re-tensioning is easy, but the wheel build and bearings have all held up fine so far.

Pick-up is slightly slow from the three-pawl freehub though, and as the Turbines are new for 2014 we haven’t got years of back data on them. Stiffness and weight are happily average, and 135x12mm or QR axle adaptors, XD drivers and tubeless kits are available separately.

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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