Sun Ringle’ Charger Pro SL Wheels: First Impressions/Mid-Term- by Guitar Ted
It has been a year that has been backed up in terms of processing reviews here at the Mid-West headquarters for Twenty Nine Inches. Here is another product I have been using off and on since the introduction, (see here), and now it is time to give some solid feedback. The Sun Ringle’ Charger Pro wheels have been ridden in mud, snow, rain, dry conditions, and are ready to be checked out here. Let’s take a look….
Tubeless Performance: The Charger Pro wheels use the Stan’s “Bead Socket Technology”, (BST), design and therefore are a bad fit with any UST dimension tires out there. I tried a couple and found that while I perhaps could have shoe horned them on, the fit would have precluded any in the field repairs, if they ever became necessary. Therefore I chose to mount the On One tires I have on these wheels and they have been really great with an easy air up and fit. Of course, those tires are not tubeless rated.
At first these wheels lived on the On One Inbred. As single speed wheels the Charger Pro wheels were absolutely solid. I didn’t see any issues at all with them on the Inbred and laterally the wheels felt great. With a solid tubeless set up and no real issues otherwise in terms of performance, it was time to check out these wheels on another bike.
Next up was the long term test mule, the Specialized Camber Comp. (See review of that bike here) I was interested to find out how the wheels would perform, obviously, but it was also important to see how the built in versatility of the hubs would pan out.
For conversion to the Camber Comp, I had to swap out the 15mm through axle end caps on the front wheel to a 9mm quick release cap, and the rear wheel needed to go from a traditional quick release to a 12mm end cap for the 12 X 142 rear end set up. The caps popped out by hand and were swapped very easily, so the Charger Pro looks to be a wheel you can move from bike to bike with no worries with axle types, as long as those are the currently popular ones.
On board the Camber Comp, the Charger Pro wheels made for a stiffer wheel set than the stock Specialized wheels, which made a noticeable improvement for the Camber’s rear end feel on off camber sections and in hard cornering. This was a very welcome improvement, not to mention the wider rim and big, meaty tires which came along with the swap, and that really perked up the “trail attributes” in the Camber’s bag of tricks. Good stuff there.
However; I noticed a loud “pop” a couple of times under very extreme pedal loads. I am not sure what that is coming from yet. This bears some watching as it seems to be rear wheel related at this point. Stay tuned for the next update where I hope to pin down what is going on there and write my final review on these wheels.
Note: Sun Ringle’ sent these wheels over to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge for test and review. We are not being charged nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.