- Product Review (submitted on August 1, 2018):
First of all: I am biased. I have gotten to know Phillip and Jasmine, and was sucked into the Tuffcycle family and enjoy being a part of it - very much so. However that doesn’t take away that I am a very critical, nitpicking customer and I wanted to see what the fuss is about with carbon wheels and disk brakes. Enter the Workswell R166-D and the Tuff 45mm disk brake thru axle hubset.
Must admit that I was a bit sceptical of these hubs at first. I had never heard of them before and was more used to DT, Shimano and Campagnolo, having grown up with those. However they performed admirably. I knew how much Jasmine was focused on quality so for the wheels I had no worries. Which was proven when I saw the actual rims: nice.
Then the wheelset. This arrived in a very neat package, papers in order and rim tape already installed. The set weighing in at 1496 grams on my local bike mechanic’s scale. One note: have you ever had your local bike mechanic pick up your wheels, give them a spin and saying: “that is one nice set. Where did you get them again and what price?”. I did - and I highly reccommended ;-). Qualitywise I would say they are at the level of the high tier wheelsets like Zipp and Maybe just behind Enve, but definitely above the mid range.
Pricewise they are at an entirely different level - just above the lower end Chinese range. I had a “family discount” but mine would be $955 retail which my mechanic said was a steal.
Now for the critical part, the ride: these things feel like my regular road wheels (DT240 with RR511 rims), except a lot lighter. That is really all I can say as they basically climb like a lightweight wheelset, and descend like a stable heavyweight. No problems untill now and I honestly think it will be a long time before anything happens to them.
Then my gripes: the decals that were put on seem to be a bot thicker than usual. This means that they can come loose quickly if you put something like a fingernail to them. Would be a shame since I like their looks a lot.
Secondly I had some rattling from the valve (I use inner tubes, this will not occur woth tubeless). Resolved this by using the valve screw and have had no issues since. If you want you could use some heat shrink or similar, but this was the easiest and it works.
In short: I may be biased cause I know the people who make them, but I feel perfectly safe to reccomend these to anybody.