After a very positive experience with the CAMMERIG44 road wheel set, the Dutch Bike & Trekking magazine has also reviewed the HOUFFA25 set for Mountainbikes. Here you can learn, why the tester's appraisal is a "Bike & Trekking Highlight".
"For all the money you can spend on your bike as a fast XC-mountain biker, is an investment in a pair of light and stiff wheels the best choice. Especially since the new Dutch brand Zeal is taking of the sharp edges of the investment needed, since their carbon wheel-set HOUFFA25 is ending up at €1.399,-. It’s still not for free, but the value for money Zeal is offering is outstanding. The hand build wheels breath quality, with their DT240 hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes (CX on the rear drive side!), brass nipples and laser engraved logo’s. This all results in a total weight of only 1.450 grams. Apart from the quality and weight, is also the way of delivering distinctive; you will receive the wheels, with Schwalbe tires already mounted, packed in two robust wheel bags. To go into the forest, you only need to mount your cassette and discs. Riding tubeless? No problem, tubeless rim tape is already mounted as well.
Also in the field, these online-wheels do not disappoint. The low weight is noticeable when accelerating after a sharp turn or with attacking the many short and steep climbs for which the Dutch MTB routes are known. Push the pedals, BAM BAM BAM and you’re on top. And also with the stiffness nothing seems to be wrong; the front wheel places very direct and is not impressed by bumps, tree roots and rocks. The selected tires also contribute to that; the Racing Ralph at the rear and the slightly more profiled Rocket Ron in the front offer for the trails in our area the perfect combination between rolling resistance (very low) and grip (more than enough). Because of the valiant height of the rim (25mm), I was a bit nervous about the ride character, but my fear wasn’t needed at all. Because of the fact that the tires sit nicely wide in the hookless rim, certainly adds to that. In short; with their first – and for now only – mountain bike wheel set, Zeal is simply bringing a successful product, which certainly meets the desires of the Dutch mountain biker. Well done!"
+ High stiffness and strength
+ High quality build
+ 6 year warranty and crash-replacement
+ Website with Dutch language version