Halo’s Excite wheels have been a solid all-round choice for a few years. The new Excite-R loses weight but gains serious multi axle versatility. The rims are well proven, tough hoops, and while they’re a relatively thin 23mm width, their semi-aero profile gives them impressive strength.
They’ve got a machined braking surface for rim brakes too, as well as a durable hard anodised and laser etched finish for premium looks.
The new double butted Halo Pro spokes have an extra tough black ‘anti scratch’ finish too, so your wheels won’t immediately look trashed as soon as you drop your chain into them. Sadly, the freehub on our first example didn’t survive so well, barely making it beyond two months of singlespeed stress under one of our high mileage testers. We’ve got a set under a king-sized freerider running fine though, so maybe we were just unlucky first time. But they are fairly light, making this a versatile, fair priced setup if your freehub holds up.