BST carbon-fibre wheels for Ducati 899 Panigale, £2287
Tested by: Richard Newland
Time tested: 4500 miles
What’s good? Everything but the price. And let’s be fair here, the price is actually entirely reasonable for the quality of construction, and the incredible difference they make to every mile you ride – it’s just a big chunk of cash.
But I’m evangelical about these BST rims. I’ve used them on a variety of bikes over the past 10 years, and have never been disappointed by the performance they deliver. Whether you’re on road or track, the significant reduction in unsprung mass dangling at the end of your fork and swingarm really is revelatory. I currently have these rims fitted to my 899 Panigale long-term test bike, and it’s been one of the most dramatic transformations I’ve felt from the BSTs. The 899, already no oil tanker, now feels like a 250GP bike for the road. It turns hard with the barest of inputs, the engine drives with more aggression, and braking forces are much greater. Why? Because there’s far less inertia to deal with. There’s less mass to accelerate, less rotational energy to decelerate, and because of the lower mass there’s also less gyroscopic effect trying to hold the wheels upright and on their preferred axis.
I hear lots of concern about durability and strength, and can only say that I’ve never had a problem with either. I ride in all weathers, and they look like new after a quick wash – in fact they weather better than stock wheels. I’ve changed multiple sets of tyres, and never had problems with the rims either.
What’s not? If your bike is already wearing a lovely set of super-light rims as standard, then you’ll feel less benefit, but if you’re on heavy cast wheels (like the 899 is), you’ll be blown away.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5
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