Reverse EN 650b wheels review

Versatile wheels from the German brand

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
USD $599.00
Reverse's EN 650b wheelset

Our review

Reasonable weight, stiff and precise trail wheels, but pricey and with gappy power delivery
Buy if, You're looking for a precise wheelset for mostly cross-country riding and don't mind a bit of set-up to run tubeless
Pros: Relatively light and obviously tight; multiple axle versatility
Cons: Slow hub pick-up; more XC than enduro width; need taping and valving to run tubeless
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Reverse has been selling hand-built wheelsets in Germany for a while and now they’re available through UK dealers too. There’s a range of different models, from XC to DH, 26in to 29in, but these versatile 650b wheels are likely to be the most popular for all-round riding.

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The 28.5mm external, 23mm internal rims aren’t wide by the latest standards but they feel supportive and reasonably smooth with a 2.35in tyre, even at lower pressures.

While they’re not supplied tubeless ready, they convert easily with tape and valves, popping into place easily and staying there even when ripped sideways through turns.

My 32-spoke wheels have stayed tight throughout testing and, at just under 1,750g, feel keen and agile on the bike. They can feel harsh if pushed hard but I’ve had no rim ding issues despite some low-pressure boulder battering.

The ENs are supplied with 20mm, 15mm and QR front and either 135×10/12mm or 142x12mm rear adapters for the distinctive rib-centred hubs but there’s no Boost option.

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The 13-degree freehub pick-up can feel gappy when you’re hustling out of corners too, and they’re expensive for the performance.

Product Specifications

Product

Name EN 650b wheels
Brand Reverse Components

Material 6061 T6 Aluminium
Spoke Material Steel
Front Spoke Count 32
Rear Spoke Count 32