Editors Note: Yeah, yeah…..another year end review! Tis the season! So, here are my favorite things that have passed through the Twenty Nine Inches review process during the past year. I want to point out a few parameters that I used for what I chose here.
1. The product had to be in the review process during the time period of December 2009 through to the end of November 2010. Reviews that are currently in process I did not include and will be eligible for my 2011 Top Ten list.
2. They had to be products or bicycles that I personally used during this period. Nothing any of the other Twenty Nine Inches staff reviewed on their own could be considered for my list. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone but me, Guitar Ted.
3. The reviewed products were provided to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge for review. I was not paid or bribed for this review. I will give/gave my honest opinion or thoughts through out.
Number 7: Sun Ringle’ Charger Pro 29″er Wheel Set: We expected an influx of complete wheels for 2010 that would be tubeless ready out of the box for 2010. The Sun Ringle’ wheels did that and more. We ran these from March through the summer months and they were set up tubeless the entire testing period.
Why They Made The List: Sun Ringle’ did the smart thing and used the Stan’s inner rim profile for the Charger Pro rims, (they make Stan’s rims anyway, so why not?), and gave us the tape, valves, and sealant in the box to get tubeless right out of the gate. But that isn’t all. The Charger Pro wheel set also comes with quick release, 15QR, and 20mm through axle end caps in the box as well! Plus, there is a through axle rear wheel kit available through Sun Ringle’ if you need that for your rig. (Rear axle kits available separately). That is a lot of value packed in one set of 29″er wheels, and that is one reason they made the Top Ten List.
My Two Cents: The Charger Pro wheels did not disappoint in terms of performance. Tubeless set up was easy-peasey and the wheels never gave any indications that running lower pressures would be a bad thing. The wheels stayed true throughout the testing period, rolled smoothly, despite being abused in wet weather, and were reasonably stiff. (Perhaps they could have been improved in the lateral stiffness department a bit, but they were quite acceptable in my opinion) The big deal here is that along with the above average performance, you get a wheel set that is super versatile. End caps for all major front axle types included mean you can swap these wheels from rig to rig at will. A good deal if you upgrade to a nicer frame set, or if you just want to be able to use one wheel set across several bikes that happen to vary in front axle type. Yes- The looks are a bit over the top, but in the pre-built wheel market, this is the norm anymore. (Stickers are removable- but you still have a white rim!) Besides the “in your face” graphics, the Sun Ringle’ wheels score very high marks from me for giving a high degree of value and performance in a highly versatile package. That’s what got them to Number 7 on the Top ten 29″er Products of 2010 List.
Stay Tuned for Number 6!