Kinesis Maxlight Boost 650b wheels review

Tough tubeless plus wheels

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£400.00 RRP
Kinesis Maxlight Boost 650b wheels

Our review

Reasonably priced, smooth riding plus-size wheels, but awkward to seal and with unproven longevity
Buy if, You need a tough wheel and plus-size width
Pros: Full plus-size width for increased tyre volume and control; tough so far
Cons: Baggy tyre fit; unproven hub longevity
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The Maxlight Boosts are smooth, control-boosting wheels, once you’ve got them sealed. A genuine 35mm internal width (40mm external) and multiple construction holes on the edge of the sleeve-jointed rim mean you’ll need extra-wide tape to set them up tubeless.

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The shallow but deep-centred rim shape creates a baggy tyre fit too, which needs a serious rush of air to get the rubber seated. That also makes the tyre more likely to fall off if you flat. But I’ve had no problems riding them hard at 12psi, even with lightweight-carcass rubber.

There’s no lasting damage from the regular rim impacts I’ve had in the process either.

At 1,890g (870g front, 1,020g rear) they’re a reasonable weight for their price and width, with a snappy 10-degree engagement lag on the freehub.

The 32-spoke build is smooth rather than sharp though, so these wheels are best used to add cornering traction and comfort rather than sharpen up steering and drive reactions.

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They’re only compatible with Center Lock rotors unless you use adaptors. Standard-width versions are also available (Maxlight Trail). While I’ve had no trouble with our two test sets so far, long-term life of the new hubs is unproven compared to similar-priced alternatives.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Maxlight Boost 650b wheels
Brand Kinesis

Front Spoke Count 32
Front Wheel Weight 870
Rear Spoke Count 32
Rear Wheel Weight 1020