Chro­mag Phase30 rims £105 (each)

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Whistler-based Chro­mag are renowned for de­sign­ing hard-rid­ing com­po­nents and, after some par­tic­u­larly hard rid­ing on their new Phase30 rims (see p54), we’re con­fi­dent to say th­ese fol­low suit. Although they’re the “lighter for­mat” rims in the brand’s line-up, we’ve been im­pressed by the tough­ness of th­ese 490g hoops (650b size). We did man­age to flat-spot the rear, but only with a huge im­pact, and the thick rim walls meant there was min­i­mal dent­ing and no fold­ing. For ex­tra strength, Chro­mag weld and grind the rim joint, rather than pin­ning it. An asym­met­ric spoke bed re­duces the like­li­hood of snapped spokes and makes for a stiffer build. The 30mm in­ter­nal width pairs well with mod­ern wider trail tyres and the fairly flat in­ter­nal pro­file makes it easy to stick down tube­less tape. We burped the rear tyre a few times un­der hard cor­ner­ing but had no prob­lems with leak­ing air. Ed www.hot­lines-uk.com

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