Sun Ringlé Charger Pro Review

Pro Reviews Wheels

Impressions
They are a light wheelset (1690 grams) for their intended usage, offer excellent acceleration, quick steering, and the 28mm rim width provides good stability and negligible flex. I like the graphics and red hubs, but they might be a bit much for some tastes? I have been amazed how stout these wheels have been, and I have thrashed them through some pretty rough terrain, and they have only belayed a micro hint of flex, at the very extreme end of their usage zone. The wide rims, strong spokes, and the direct pull hubs synergistically create an amazingly low flex wheel, especially considering their weight. They have stayed true, which is again amazing for a 1700 gram wheelset, and being tossed into heavy duty AM terrain. If you are going to do huge hucking sessions, or spend all your time in freeride terrain or park, I would look elsewhere, but for anything for anything else they are pretty stout beasts! The pawl system is somewhat primitive, being the generic 24 points, but I never found it a hindrance in any of my riding, and I love ugly long climbs and technical terrain.

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Bottomline
Having the ability to change (with ease) the front to 9, 15, 20 mm or the rear to 9 or 12 mm makes them an ideal candidate for swapping between the multiple bikes that many of us have gathered over time. This wheelset is an incredible generalist, and one of the best wheelsets I have ever used. Their new licensing of the Stan’s No Tubes BST tubeless system was a gold mine for them, and I must say it works pretty darn good. Saving rotational weight, really makes the wheel accelerate and turn on a dime, and can make even a sluggish handling bike comes to life. The rear hub pawl system might be a bit primitive, but it has been reliable, and easy to maintain when required. The direct pull hubs have really helped the rigidity, as I didn’t feel much of any sort of flex.

The Sun Ringlé Charger Pro is light, robust, tubeless ready, strong as an Ox, an excellent generalist for Cross Country to All Mountain riding, with an abundance of adaptability for most any frameset and fork made (outside of pure downhill). The best darn wheelset I have ever used.

Strength
- Light
- Strong
- Tubeless
- Front hub adapters (9,15,20mm) come standard
- Plethora of hub adapters
- Good price

Weaknesses
- Primitive pawl system

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Specs

  • MSRP of $650.00.
  • Stan’s No Tubes BST™ Tubeless Technology.
  • Premium Direct Pull Hubs with Japanese Precision Bearings
  • Wheelsmith Double Butted Spokes
  • Wheelsmith allow nipples
  • Lightweight AM Wheel – 1699g / Pair
  • Colors – Black rims w/ White stickers or White rims w/ Black stickers
  • 26 inch and 29 inch sizes
  • Front hubs are easily convertible to today’s axle standards – 20mm, 15mm and QR end caps included*
  • Rear hubs – standard QR or optional 135×12 and 142×12.
  • Wheels include Stan’s No Tubes Yellow Sealing Tape, Sealant, and Valves*
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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Ecogeek says:

    Easton Havoc also comes w 20mm front adapters included. There may be others.
    But, these wheels look great. Lighter than the Havoc. If I did not already have a set of Havocs, I would def put these on the menu.
    Mind you, they would need to be on sale cos the Havocs can be had for $400.
    Tubeless is still a PITA IMO. I like tubes cos I don`t like spending any more of my time than nec messing (literally in the case of tubeless and sealant) w tires when I could be…whining on a forum! Lol.
    What seatpost is on that Yeti BTW?

  • Chris H says:

    The seatpost looks like a Kindshock i950-R. I have one. Works great!!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    That’s the Specialized Command Post. If it takes me to much effort to go tubeless, I just skip it, and insert a tube. This set of wheels seemed to work pretty easily, and I didn’t have any issues with any of the tires I tried.

  • Cabin John says:

    Please tell me those are stickers on the rims and can be pulled off. Good god.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I imagine they will come off, a blow dryer would help, plus you save weight!

  • Brad says:

    How do you like the rubber queen/trail kings? Did you run these tubeless and if so were they the ust or regular versions?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    They are the normal RQ/TK 2.4′s. The UST version is pretty heavy, and don’t have as nice of a tactile feel. I run the RQ/TK tubeless, and they are one of the best tires I have ever used. They have been on multiple bikes, wheels, etc., longer than any other tire, and I have worn through a couple of them due to lot’s of use. They are the tire I use to cross compare other tires. They’re tough, with great feel, excellent traction, etc.

  • Dustin Sifford says:

    @Brian
    So after a year are you still happy with these?
    How many rides have they been on (if you know) and how much have you abused them?
    Are the hoops still true?
    Did the pawls explode? (I go through freehub mechanisms for some reason)
    Does the front rotor stay centered when the bike is leaned on edge?
    Did the bearings hold up to wet conditions?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I am still happy with these wheels, and I still keep abusing them, and they are running fine. No issues with bearings (not that much wetness in Colorado), pawls, nor loss of true (in fact they haven’t ever needed to be adjusted). They are one of the few long term wheels that I am still testing. They aren’t the stiffest wheel I have ever tested, but they are tough and durable, inexpensive, light, and accelerate well.

  • Ross Sapienza says:

    I know it’s a little late but I have a question. What about the pawls, how many in the rotor and are the driver teeth inside the hub? Thanks.

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