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.