Easton’s Havoc AM has been around for a while. It’s tougher than it looks, but it’s on the weighty side for its price and stiffness. The mid-depth 28mm wide rim is comfortable with tyres up to 2.4in and while it’s not tubeless as standard, it’s tight enough to convert easily.
The 24 triple-butted straight-pull spokes front and rear run high tensions to keep them reasonably stiff, and accuracy is okay, if not outstanding. They’re not that light but the several sets that we’ve used have all shrugged off black-run beatings without worry or damage.
The second generation freehubs have been beefed up too, so power transfer is rapid and reliable, and they’re well-sealed. The quick-release front hub can be converted to 20mm, but for a 15mm through-axle you’ll need the new, lighter Haven wheels.