Novatec Blast mountain bike wheelset review

Attractive ready-mades

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £399.95 RRP | USD $622.24
Novatec Blast Wheelset

Our review

Longer than average lifespan makes these good looking ready-mades a decent option
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Joytech are one of the biggest Far Eastern wheel manufacturers, and Novatec is their upmarket brand.


The Blast uses an alloy rim – not the 2X2 model’s carbon hybrid – and 24 Sapim Race straight-pull spokes keep weight light, if not exceptional, for a cross-country setup.

The Polyax locking nipples keep the wheel tighter and truer than we would expect for a reduced spoke wheel.


Add a firm connection from the broad alloy bodied hubs and there’s feedback and accuracy to play with on the trail, though we’d be wary of punishing them. Smooth Japanese cartridge bearings with metal contact seals provide a nice finish.

Product Specifications


Name Blast Wheelset (09)
Brand Novatec

Weight (g) 1729
Spoke Type Sapim
Front Wheel Weight 803
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 24
Rear Wheel Weight 926