The S1 series of wheels are the most affordable option from the Stan’s Notubes extensive range. With a no-nonsense lacing pattern, quality hubs and reliable tubeless sealing how do these stack up against the established benchmark wheels?
Words: Sean White Images: Ieuan Williams
There seems to be a better choice of good quality wheelsets with aluminium rims now than ever before. As we start 2018 and look back at the hardware and bikes that we’ve ridden in the last twelve months there seems to be some great value options whether it’s a 1x transmission, decent brakes or as we see here, wheels.
With these Stan’s S1 wheels selling for £350 a pair they’re one of the cheapest options we’ve had through the Dirt office doors for some time so we were keen to assess their merits when compared against our favourite all-metal wheelsets. Hope Hoops, DTSwiss XM1501s, Stan’s pricier MK3 Flows and even the latest Crankbrothers Iodine 2 have all impressed us with a combination of ride quality, longevity, serviceability, and tubeless reliability. But these models are all more expensive than the Stan’s S1 wheels (if we compare full non-discounted prices) – the Hope’s being the cheapest and the DT Swiss the most costly. All have their merits and there is no question that any of these will be a significant upgrade over the majority of factory built wheels that come on most sub £2500 trail and enduro bikes.
So, do these cheaper wheels from Stan’s have any compromises?