Superstar Tactic Tesla EVO MTB wheels review£239.99

Solid online-only wheelset

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Superstar deals direct to skip the shop segment of costs and deliver fantastic prices, but its wheelsets certainly aren’t cheap tat.

The Tactic rims use a deep, rounded profile and 32 Sapim Laser spokes for stiffness. The internal width will support the fattest 2.4in treads, and tyres blow up tubeless relatively easily if you tape the rims up and remain locked in place through tread-ripping corners.

Superstar offers free truing for life but even our oldest long-term sets have stayed impressively true and even.

Pick-up and weight are reasonable for the width, and a switch to SKF cartridge bearings should extend already decent service intervals substantially. They can be ordered online with any axle combo in black, blue or red for the same top-value 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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