Decent training wheel - 130mm rear spacing, NOT 135
By Scott Pendleton September 17, 2011
First off, I don't know what WTB is in the description and title for these wheels. The hubs say Freedom, the rims say Freedom, the box says Freedom. Nowhere does it say WTB. I don't think these have anything to do with Wilderness Trail Bikes, makers of the Laserdisc rim and a wide variety of nice saddles.
The rear wheel spacing here is 130mm, NOT 135mm as the description says. This is a road spacing rear wheel, NOT a MTB spacing.
That said, these are fine for training wheels. They were built reasonably true out of the box, the tension was actually ok, I just had to do minor truing and that was good. The hubs bearings (Shimano-style cup and cone) were horrendously adjusted - way too tight - so I had to break out the cone wrenches and fix that. Once adjusted properly they've stayed that way for a few hundred miles. If they go out again they're pretty easily adjustable. The seals aren't particularly great but they do the job; if I were riding in wet weather I'd service these fairly often.
The biggest knock against these is the weight; they are actually the heaviest wheelset I own and that's including four different mountain bike wheelsets, one of them a very cheap 29er wheelset. So you won't want to race in these, or maybe even train on the group rides with them, but going out and training with them will make you stronger. But hey, it's $100 for a wheelset, what did you expect?
Bottom line, I'd buy them again because they roll and they're really cheap, the only requirements I have for a training wheelset. I have a much lighter wheelset for race day.
Nailed It? 0 Yes
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- Spoke Count:
- [Rear] 28
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- [Rear] 10 x 135mm
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- Brake Compatibility:
- Rim brake
- Not included
- [Rear] 2.6lb (1180g)
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