Spank Oozy Trail295 Bead Bite 29er wheels review£449.99

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We’ve been fans of Spank’s Oozy rims and wheels for a long time so we jumped on to its latest Bead Bite 29er set as soon as we could. We’ve not had a single issue since, while some other, considerably more expensive, test wheels have already run into various problems with bearings and spoke tension.

We had a bit of a fight getting the WTB tyres over the central Oobah bulge that Spank attributes its impressive strength and stiffness to – this gives the rim bed a gentle upside-down wave-like profile. By adding this profile Spank has created 'Beadnip' – instead of just the hook on the vertical wall of the rim holding the tyre in place there’s an additional effective hook on the horizontal plane, which locks the tyre’s bead into place. Once over the Oobah bulge tyres blew up tubeless straight away and the 25mm inner width gives even 2.2in tyres a nice fat, well supported profile.

The rim design and three-cross lacing provides a stiff but not too harsh feel that compares well with budget carbon wheels for overall trail character. Despite the broad rims, the 28 triple-butted Sandvik spokes and CNC-machined hubs mean a reasonably responsive 1830g overall weight and the Japanese bearings are still spinning sweetly after eight months of almost daily use.

They come set up for 15mm front and 142x12mm rear axles as standard but 20mm front adaptors and 135mm QR rear adaptors are included for versatility. The Bead Bite micro serrations on the rim bed and inner sidewall mean we’ve not burped or pulled tyres off the rim once, despite our tyre pressures getting lower and lower. We have had some issues with a 650b set of Bead Bite rims though, so, as with any rims, be wary if the initial tyre fit is baggy.

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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