Miche 988RR 650b wheelset review

Super light alloy rollers

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£656.00 RRP
Miche's 988RR 650b wheelset are a strong choice for race-focused riders

Our review

Skinny but seriously light, acceleration and agility boosting XC/trail wheels
Buy if, You're an xc/trail rider who feels the need for speed
Pros: Light, with super fast acceleration
Cons: Slowish freehub, a bit flexy
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If you run narrow treads and want to seriously lighten your bike, these Italian wheels should go straight in your basket. We always take manufacturers’ weights with a pinch of salt, but at 650g front, 800g rear, the 988RRs weigh less than claimed and are some of the lightest alloy hoops available.

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While freehub engagement is relatively slow, with a maximum lag of 18 degrees, once they connect they accelerate with breathtaking ease. They’ll likely knock a big chunk of static weight off your bike too. While a lot of the weight loss comes from the low, narrow, asymmetric-spoked rim, they also use triple-butted Sapim spokes, plus titanium hub guts.

The rims are tubeless ready with a seal kit, and there are adapters for 15mm and 142x12mm axles. Despite an exposed face on the drive side, the SKF bearings are still running sweet and the wheels remain tight and true, which mirrors our long-term experience with Miche hoops. The conventional J-bend spokes are easy to replace if you’re careful with the alloy nipples too.

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With a 20mm internal width they’re only suitable for 2.2in or slimmer tyres though, and unsurprisingly for their weight, there’s noticeable flex if you really push them through corners or rock heaps.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 988RR 650b wheelset
Brand Miche

Front Wheel Weight 650
Rear Wheel Weight 800