Sun Ringlé Charger Pro Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

I got a spanking pristine set of the new Sun Ringlé Charger Pro wheels in the late winter, and I have put them through a beastly thrashing, and they are light, fast and amazingly tough. The Charger Pro is an All Mountain wheelset which is available in 26″ or 29″ sizes, featuring tubeless ready aluminum rims that come with swanky labeling that screams, “Go Fast”.

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Sun Ringlé partnered with Stan’s No Tubes to license their patented BST (Bead Socket Technology), to give the Charger Pro rims proven tubeless compatibility. The BST system allows rims to have a wider inside dimension than other designs, offering a wide base for the tire. The design has shorter sidewalls, that help reduce pinch flats and rim denting from running low pressures.

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The wheelset comes with Stan’s yellow tape installed, and valve stems and mini bottles of sealant in the box, so everything is ready to go. The rims are 28mm wide, and use Wheelsmith double butted spokes connected to direct pull hubs, using 24 holes on the 26″ version (alloy nipples) and 28 holes on the 29er (brass nipples). The kit also comes with 9mm, 15mm and 20mm adapters for the front hub, which is really unique, since most companies offer additional adapters only as an option. The rear hub comes with standard QR 135x9mm (as tested), but can be optionally ordered in 135x12mm or 142x12mm versions.

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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.

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