Since Spank Ind has been in MTB business for a pretty long time and came across from Big Mountain Freeride and Dirtjumping to Enduro/ All Mountain/ Trail riding or what ever you want to call this new type of riding in the scene, I have read good reviews about there wheel sets and rims.
I already have tested their handlebars (Spank Subrosa 747 and Spike 777) on my Morewoods “Shova LT” and “Izimu”. Those handlebars are feeling quite good for me and the geometries + weights convinced me to stick with them.
But back to them Oozy rims!
First of all I am glad Spank Ind is offering their components in different colors. I personally don’t like all that fancy and shiny “bling bling” stuff most Freeriders and SlopeStylers put on their bikes so I was happy to get them Oozy rims in classy black!
I laced the Spank Oozys on black Hope Pro 2 with black DT Swiss Competition spokes and alloy nipples. The Result was an absolutly amazing lightweight wheelset at 1663g!!!!
Not only the weight impressed me. The rims are looking good and clean. No fancy extrem decals like some other brands out there.
So when I installed the wheelset in my Morewood Shova LT (downgraded to 140mm) I was stoked to see the complete bike weight dropping underneath the 14kg mark! For a proper DH frame not bad.
The new wheelset is almost 100g lighter than the old one with Mavic XM317 on Hope Pro 2.
Now first of all we need to define the riding style I use my Shova for. I’d say it is Enduro or All Mountain. I’m not quite sure since everyone has different aspects in riding and definition especially in Germany where you don’t have just Trail riding but 124335 different categories for bikes which are made for the same reason…
My personal definition of a Trailbike /Enduro bike is a Bike for everything. It has to be able to get you uphill as long as you have enough power in your legs. I only ride 1×10 setup (36×11-36) with a Sram X.0 Type 2 re
I am not ashamed to get off the bike and push if nessecary because for me an Enduro bike should be a Mini DH bike which is capable of going uphill as well. So my Shova got a geometry most DH bikes would be proud of. 62° headangle and a 330mm low BB. Cleary this geometry isn’t the best to climb but it kicks in when shredding down proper DH tracks alsmost as fast as on my Izimu but with 50-60mm fewer travel. The Shova is still able to ride tours of several km/miles length and tons of verticle feet.
Now after defining Enduro for myself I like to tell how the Oozy rims have performed so far. I have used them for technic training for “Trailtech”, tours and shredding. Usually I am not hitting tracks too hard when giving riding classes so, it took a while to test their complete potential. I have been riding the Oozy rims for a couple of months now and I was happy so far.
When riding tours weren’t enough I started visiting one of the nearby Bikeparks. The Bikepark Braunlage and Racepark Schulenberg both are potentional Enduro parks. They may have been good for DH bike as well but I think Big Bikes are way overrated for the Trails we have in Central Germany. Midtravel bikes= workout + fun in those Parks.
After a couple of laps I started to speed up a little to catch up with my usual speed. The tracks were of all kinds. Smooth and fast up on top and the middle. Blocked and technical in between and brutal full of ruts and roots at the bottom. At a length of almost 3km the components have to be able to take impact after impact.
At the second lap with decent speed it got wild. I heard and felt a few hard hits and was already expecting a flat tire here and there but the pressure was kept inside the tubes.
Coming down to the parking lot it felt kind of wobbly on the concrete. Ok there were a few hits the bike had to deal with but I wasn’t botherd too much during the runs. Taking a break I turned my bike upside down to check for the tires and found 2 massive dents. But that wasn’t the end of the story. The rim was bent and even after trying to save what could have been saved the wheel still wobbled so hard that riding smoth trails was anything but straight.
Now people could say it is a lightweight trail rim and not deseigned for Bikeparks or rough tracks.
The Spank Oozy rims seem perfect for Trailriding and commen sense All Mountain style. Endless Trails and hard climbs might be the perfect match. At the weight of 420g per piece the Oozy rims could even fit a XC bike. As long as the tracks stay clean and flowy this rim will do its job without a doubt but if you’re thinking of taking it into some serious DH tracks it might get over its limit.