Superstar Switch AM mountain bike wheelset review£275.00

Versatile, wide-rimmed wheels

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Alex Supra rims used for Superstar's Switch AM wheels are reliably tough and broad enough to handle fat tyres without being heavy and slow on the bike, and production sets will be laser etched. 

They’re hand-built in the UK with top quality Sapim CX Ray spokes and while they’re not the tightest-laced wheels, Superstar offer lifetime retensioning as part of the price. The Switch hubs will handle a full range of axle options and the bearings last okay.

They’re not tubeless as standard, but full spares support and reduced cost crash replacement, plus custom colour and spoke options for an extra £50 make them a bargain. There’s a new faster-reacting freehub, SKF bearing hubset in the pipeline too.

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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