Reverse EN 650b wheels review
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.
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.
The 13-degree freehub pick-up can feel gappy when you’re hustling out of corners too, and they’re expensive for the performance.