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.
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.
- Front hub adapters (9,15,20mm) come standard
- Plethora of hub adapters
- Good price
- Primitive pawl system
Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
- 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*