Wheels and Tyres


‘The strongest carbon rim on the planet’ – that’s a bold statement from Australian brand Zelvy. They’re talking about the latest rim in their range, the ‘super duty’ BBT model.

They’ve been fine-tuning their wheel range for the last four years and offer models for trail riding through to DH use.

First off, a carbon wheelset of this calibre at Zelvy’s price is fantastic. When the first pair rolled into the Dirt office a few years back they were priced well below the average starting price for carbon wheels. A deal that couldn’t be ignored. We had to investigate what seemed like an impossibly good value wheelset.

Handbuilt in Toowoomba, Australia, these carbon rims are available built on a choice of quality hubs and bought direct from their website, with free worldwide delivery. The rim choice is great, with 25, 30 and 36mm internal widths on both 27.5” and 29’’ sizes. This covers all the tyre sizes we are currently riding, from 2.2” to Plus sized 2.8” (which they rate for e-bikes). A comprehensive choice but that’s only the start of what they offer.

New for 2017 the Zelvy range has evolved further and have now introduced their BBT ‘Super duty’ rims. These rims are primarily designed for rear wheel DH use but can be run on the front for added strength. Unmatched impact resistance along with the stiffness, precision and we experienced on our test pair of trail wheels. The keen pricing remains too.

You’ll probably be looking at Zelvy for wheelsets, ready to plug straight into your bike. King hubs are no longer available but Zelvy offer build with hubs from Funn, Hope or the well regarded super-smooth Onyx brands onto their carbon rims in three widths and three models. You can even choose the colour of the rim graphics too…

We’ve given our test wheels a good few seasons hammering, mostly on a 160mm travel Orange Alpine and they’ve proven tough, reliable with an outstanding ride quality. With a European build centre for 2017 and great spares back up, we can recommend Zelvy’s wheels as a genuine upgrade and money very well spent.

PRICE:  £1386 (30mm rim, Onyx hub)

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