Pro-Lite Allein mountain bike wheelset review
Pro-Lite products have a distinctly racy bent. The Alleins weigh just 1,620g a pair, which is the best part of a kilo lighter than some other wheels at this price. That minimal weigh-in makes itself known when you’re hitting the pedals in anger, turning even the most purposeful hardtail into a ﬂighty speed freak.
With well-tensioned bladed spokes and high ﬂange hub shells machined to remove any excess aluminium, they’re a taut and responsive pair of hoops that would be at home on your average cross-country race course. At 21mm wide the rims are overwhelmed by chunky rubber though.
The shot-blasted ﬁnish is durable enough to have survived our clumsiness and looks swish in satin black, although white is also available. They measure up well against more costly exotica, and the quality is top notch.
Truth and tension were excellent out of the box and remained so throughout the test period. Skewers, rim tapes and spacers are included, so there are no hidden costs to up the price.
Also consider: Pro-Lite Arvier, £125. A cheaper and heavier version of the Alleins. Still on the svelte side of the budget fence though.