Bontrager King Earl review

Ffull-on freeride/DH rated wheels that are still light enough for all-day use.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £299.98 RRP

Our review

Versatile and remarkably light, but potentially weak freehub
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These top line Bontrager wheels are full-on freeride/DH rated, but still light enough for all-day use.


The 32mm rim is a stable base for tyres up to 2.5in. The spokes are offset to reduce dish too and despite pounding several sets we’ve had no sign of wobbling or warping so far.

A lot of the weight saving in these startlingly light wheels is due to ribbed semi-carbon hubs and, apart from occasional bearing tightening, they’ve run fine. They’re convertible from QR to 10 or 12mm through-axle with the right adaptors. 150mm versions are available too.


The only downside was the sudden death of the freehub on one set, but other folks’ have been fine.

Product Specifications


Name King Earl (08)
Brand Bontrager

Year 2008
Weight (g) 2270