I’m a big fan of Spank’s resolutely bombproof, bulged-rim Oozy Trail 27.5 and 29ers but these wide wheels might actually be too stiff and solid for some.
The 395+ rim has Spank’s usual ‘Oohbah’ centreline strengthening bulge and Bead Bite tyre-gripping inner sidewalls. They also come fully taped and valved ready to be turned tubeless with just a slop of sealant, though the tight sizing and centre bulge make tyre fitting and removal a fight.
It took more sealant than most of the other wheels we had on test to get them to hold consistent pressure too. But even when they were running barely double figure pressures, the reinforced rim and 32 straight-pull, triple-butted, single-length spokes are shockingly stiff. They started numbing our hands within a few minutes on rocky descents and we had to retune low speed compression on our suspension to offset the clatter.
Actual tyre security is unshakeable though and while they’re not light, inline drive is impressive and they’re very accurate on smooth trails. We had no issues with denting or spoke tension either and Spank durability is proven too.
- Weight: 1010 + 1080 = 2090g
- Width: 35/39mm
- Pick up: 12 degrees