Has all the bases covered
With four rim widths and all the hardware included for any configuration the Sun Ringlé Düroc has all the bases covered and is killer value for money.
This is a first test of Sun Ringlé’s new Düroc trail/all mountain wheelset. It’s offered in 27.5 and 29inch with a choice of four rim widths – 30, 35, 40 and 50mm. We chose 35mm for this test, which has an internal rim measurement of 32mm.
Although double-walled, the Düroc rim has quite a shallow rim bead, it almost feels like a hookless design but in fact uses a profile similar to the No Tubes BST (Bead Socket Technology) rims. The low profile creates quite a sharp edge and while there are a few nicks and chips from wear and tear, we fitted our tubeless control tyres by hand and they easily seated first time with a loud snap.
Sun Ringlé laces the rim to its in-house, cartridge-bearing SRX hubs using quality double butted, straight-pull Wheelsmith spokes. The front hub is Boost only but you can buy the rear in 148mm, 142mm or 135mm QR.
Two cassette bodies are included in the box – the Shimano body is fitted as standard but swapping to a SRAM XD driver only requires pulling off an end cap. Like the FSA Afterburners, the Düroc hoops come pre-installed with tubeless tape and valves and you also get two small bottles of sealant, so converting to tubeless couldn’t be easier.
The Düroc is the heaviest alloy wheelset on test but it doesn’t feel like it when you hit the trails, it has a lively ride with plenty of compliance, so you’re not fighting for grip on off-camber roots and rock sections. It’s also stiff laterally allowing you to hold a tight line in corners but unlike some really wide rims, there’s still plenty of feedback so can easily make little tweaks and changes in direction mid corner.
With four rim widths and all the hardware included in the box for any drivetrain or hub configuration the Sun Ringlé Düroc has all the bases covered and is a killer value for money wheelset. Factor in the excellent build with a ride quality to match, and you easily have the best wheelset on test.