WTB LaserDisc Trail mountain bike wheelset review$540.00

A good pair let down by poor sealing

BikeRadar score3/5

Evolutions of WTB’s cross-country wheels have been a common sight on complete bikes for years but now you can get them as a separate upgrade.

The cutaway flange hub is a lightweight design that’s appeared under various names. The only thing protecting the cartridge bearings is floppy rubber lip seals, so it’s essential you keep them scrupulously keen.

The rim is comparatively soft and easily damaged too, although the 25mm width adds support – and therefore protection – to wider tyres.

The 32 double-butted spokes at either end keep them tracking well and they’re not a bad weight for a mid-width rim. But at just under £400, most shops could provide something a lot more durable for dirty weather.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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