Wheels and Tyres

Reverse DH EFS wheels – Review

Tough, good looking and with tubeless rims - hardware that goes the distance

THE Reverse DH EFS 7 speed wheelset has been designed to take the abuse on a big hitting downhill rig. Not only do these wheels look the part but they really do offer great performance benefits.

Words and Images: Ieuan Williams

The main feature to mention on this wheelset is the rear hub construction with a wider flange configuration (EFS – Equal Flange System) to allow for a better stance to the spokes when being laced to the rim. Combine this feature with the fact that they are hand laced and tensioned and the result is a far stronger wheel build with much better reliability. After all, they have been proven on the bikes of the Solid Reverse Factory Racing team over the last two World Cup DH Seasons.

This setup is also build for 7 speed gearing only but using either the cheap SRAM GX DH cassette or other Shimano compatible options like Hope. This allows for the extra offset on the cassette side flange and saves some money. The rear hub runs on four sealed cartridge bearings, the front on two. Our test wheels came set up with a 110mmx20mm bolt through front hub/axle and a 150mmx12mm spaced rear. The rear can be switched to run the wider 157mm spacing.

When it comes to weight, the rear without tyre fitted is 1.47 KG and the front comes in at 1.15 KG (again with no tyre). These weights are for the wheels with Shimano floating discs and the GX seven speed cassette fitted, so this is by no means a heavy wheelset for a downhill bike. The Hope DH wheels (a regular Dirt 100 pick) weigh a little more with the same gear on.

Reverse use 6061-T6 aluminium for the tubeless-ready rims, which are pinned at the join. The internal rim measures 25mm so is perfect when sealing up with Gorilla tape as it comes ready to buy in this width. This also allows for a easy tyre installation when using a tubeless setup where the bead of the tyre sits tight enough on the rim profile that a standard track pump will seat the tyre without a problem. At a listed 560g per rim, these are only a shade in weight over an average trail rim of similar width. A Stan’s NoTubes 27.5″ MK3 Arch rim (26mm internal width) weighs in at 425g, for example. A Stan’s Flow is 480g.

The icing on the cake was the tubeless valves that are supplied as part of the package. They have super neat little nuts for the fixing. These type of details are typical of Reverse, there’s plenty of thought going into their product range.

One of the only downsides has to be the durability of the finish to the actual rim. One rock strike took a sizable chunk of the finish off and after some inspection it did seem to come off a little easy.

But with everything considered these wheels really are a winner. We ran these DH wheels on a Kona Operator and not only did they shed some weight from the bike but also added some more life to the ride quality and feel. The design details, build quality of the hubs and snappy freehub engagement mean they will be staying on the bike now as a permanent replacement for the stock Novatec wheelset.

PRICE: €599 (a pair)

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