Token C23AR 29er mountain bike wheelset review
Token’s new alloy all-rounder 29er wheelset starts well with a build – 32 double-butted spokes laced up three-cross – that delivers a resilient rather than ultra rigid feel.
The middling 1,793g weight (844g front, 949g rear) is par for the price and they feel dynamic and responsive. In fact, some testers preferred the lively Token feel to stiffer carbon wheels. They stayed true and tight too, however hard we tried to bend them round berms or rattle them down steps.
The 26mm wide alloy rims support broad tyres well and they’ll run tubeless. Gram counters will like the ultra light quick-release skewers and the alloy centred, three-bolt Ashima AiNeon rotors that are included.
Both discs are only 160mm though, and the rear hub is quick-release only, which limits the wheels’ compatibility. More worryingly, testing was halted abruptly when the freehub snapped its retainer spring, leaving us limping home after only a few weeks’ riding.
Token assures us that would be covered by the two-year/5,000km warranty, but we’re getting a fresh hub to double check how that lasts.