The SAS wheel is pitched squarely at the jump market, but it can also handle downhill duties if you’re in need of a 24in set-up.
It uses the new Spin Doctor hub, which has a lube hole on the freehub body to help you extend the hub’s life. The hub is mated with the new Combat Evolved SAS rim, which is pinned rather than welded and has double eyelets and laser-etched logos for a lasting finish. The rear wheel has 48 spokes for brute strength (the front has 36 and cost s £95). Our test hub came fitted with the Halo M10 Spin Doctor rear axle kit (£10 from Ison), which converts the hub to a 10mm bolt-through set-up, allowing a BMX chain tensioner to be used at the rear to keep things taut.
The twin-skin box section of the rim, coupled with the 48 spokes, keeps everything firmly rigid, even when landings get squirrelly. There’s more heft in this wheel than others (1.6kg with the axle kit and without a cassette), but it’s certainly not going to break any time soon and the M10 axle kit keeps everything secure. The SAS wheel is perfect for burly riders or those heavy duty fellas with a penchant for hard landings (and 24in wheels).