Make and model: Novatec 30 aluminium clincher wheelset
Size tested: 24mm External, 20mm Internal rim width
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Novatec says: "Ideal for a replacement set of wheels or an upgrade these Novatec 30's feature sealed bearings and wide rim so are ideal for fitting tyres 700x25mm+.
"The perfect wheel for a training or winter bike, or riders looking for outstanding value for money."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Full 30mm deep alloy rims with machined braking surface
24mm External, 20mm Internal rim width
Tubeless Ready rim technology
20 spokes front, 24 spokes rear
Stainless J-Bend Spokes
Fitted with Shimano 11sp compatible cassette body. Campag cassette bodies available separately
Some wheelsets have pretty dismal spoke tension. These are good.
As true and well tensioned now as when I started using them.
Par for the course.
Big tyre volume is a bonus.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They're good £150 wheels.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I like bigger tyres. These rims sort of provide that, without the weight penalty of extra actual rubber. Plus they can be used tubeless, which I look forward to trying.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Spoke count is a bit stingy for workhorse wheels.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
I don't think bladed spokes or a 30mm rim depth are a big deal on wheels like these. I'd rather that small amount of extra weight be used for extra spokes and thus long-term reliability. But it's a minor point: they're very good wheels.
About the tester
Age: 46Height: 1.78mWeight: 64kg
I usually ride: Genesis LongitudeMy best bike is: Planet X Pro Carbon Track
I've been riding for: Over 20 yearsI ride: Every dayI would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking