When considering our Softwheel Review we realised that they should not be confused as a ride softening accessory. Instead, it offers a different style of shock absorbing and ride comfort that can be considered to be slightly more sporty and less leisurely.
We got to try out and undertake this Softwheel review at a brief meeting in Coventry over the summer. We found the ride to be a little harder than a Loopwheel, which is not surprising given that they are designed to offer less “give” with bumps and obstacles. It’s important to note that they can be customised to meet both your weight and ride needs, including a Race version and two sizes available (24 and 25 inch diameter).
Everyone is turning to carbon fibre for weight reductions and Softwheel are no different. They also make use of other lightweight materials, including magnesium and aluminium versions. Compatible with all push rims, the Softwheel can be mated to most standard tyres.
Weighing in between 1.8kg and 2.4kg, they can handle a user weight of up to 120kg – 264.55lbs in imperial weights. This means that you don’t have to be the lightest person in the world to use them, which is great. They can also be fitted out with an optional drum brake.
Do we think they are worth it? If you are doing the physical miles each day, then absolutely. Regardless of your urban or rural environment, the wheels ensure that any impact on the rear wheels is absorbed rather than transferred to your body. It adds a layer of safety to your spine and gives you confidence to handle kerbs and bumps without worrying about something incurring damage.