The Halo Evaura 6D 700C wheels are a decent first upgrade from stock wheels, or if you have good wheels you'd like to keep for summer 'best' the Halos make a good winter training set. With a good wide rim and a fairly bombproof setup, they run smoothly without letting too much buzz through. Just watch out for the rim tape, and be prepared to force tyres on.
At this time of year people are often looking for a set of winter wheels or to upgrade the wheels they got on a bike picked up in the end of season sale. This is where I think the Halo Evauras sit in the market, offering an upgrade from the standard fare you would normally find on entry-level and some mid-level bikes.
Helping with their ability to perform well in rougher conditions is their width: the rims are 24mm wide, 19mm internally, meaning that should your bike have the clearance, they're ideal for 28mm tyres. That means more comfort on rougher surfaces and you can also run wider tyres at lower pressures, again helping to increase comfort. (Wider tyres are faster, too – find out why, here.)
I used 25mm tyres on the test wheels and found that they let little buzz through, even at 110psi. I was comfortable using them all day in even the wettest, windiest conditions, their relatively low 22mm rounded profile helping here as it doesn't catch crosswinds too badly.
Both front and rear run on Halo's own sealed-bearing hubs, which spin up nicely and maintain speed fairly well for an inexpensive set of wheels. The hubs work effectively and the fact that they're sealed, combined with the alloy body, means upkeep is kept to a minimum and they are likely to be durable – something that is always encouraging when running wheels on long, wet, muddy winter rides.
The freewheel on the rear has a 30-tooth engagement and a nice loud click. This is a personal preference, but I like to have a loud freewheel so that if I'm behind somebody I can let them know I'm there by simply stopping pushing the cranks, which seems much more gentlemanly than ringing a bell or bellowing at them.
The front wheel has a 20-spoke radial spoking which maintains decent lateral stiffness, and the wheels feels robust and strong when cornering at speed. At the rear Halo has created a 2:1 ratio of 16/8 to maintain lateral stiffness evenly across the wheel, given the additional pressure placed on the drive side because of the cassette reducing the angle of the spokes. Both are set on attractive looking anodised red nipples at the rim, giving them a high quality and pleasing look.
With the front wheel coming in at 673g and the rear at 899g, it gives the wheels a 1573g total weight (with tape but without tubes or skewers), which is fairly impressive for a set of sub-£300 wheels. This weight helps not only with acceleration but also in the hills, where although you might not fly up like Froomey, you shouldn't find your legs burning unnecessarily.
The Halos also come tubeless-ready and taped so you can ditch your inner tubes if that's your preference. I used them as clinchers with Continental Gatorskin tyres, which I struggled to fit given the width of the rims. It also led to the only issue that I had with them, which was that the rim tape – needed so the wheels are ready for tubeless tyres – shifted as I was trying to force the tyre on. That resulted in a spoke through my tube, although after stripping off the tape and replacing it with a more hardwearing version, I had no more problems.
With an RRP of £298.98, the Halos are a really good value wheelset offering impressive stiffness, durability and comfort. They perform at a level higher than many would expect at this price point.
Overall, I was very impressed with this wheelset. Despite the issues with the tape and the initial difficulty in fitting clinchers, once out on the road there is little not to like. They spin up well, they're very durable and are relatively light, making them a great option for a low-budget upgrade or winter training wheels.
Great sub-£300 wheels, ideal for winter training
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Halo Evaura 6D 700c wheelset
Size tested: 700C, black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
This wheelset is aimed at those looking for a budget upgrade from stock wheels, or a set of winter training wheels.
Coming in at sub-£300 and with good performance, they make a great option for either.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
· Heat treated T10 nobium super alloy
· Sleeved joint
· 24mm wide (external)
· 19mm internal
· 22mm deep
· ERD - 595mm
· Weight – 450g
· Tubeless ready
· 20H straight pull, black stainless DB spokes
· 2 x sealed bearings
· Weight – 668g
· 24H (2:1 16/8E) 2x lacing - (16/8E offers enhanced lateral stiffness due to a more equal spoke tension on drive/non-drive sides)
· 2 x sealed bearings, 6 pawl, 30t engagement.
· Weight – 898g
The wheels themselves are fairly bombproof. I took them over some rough surfaces without any kind of issue. They only lose marks due to the rim tape that can shift.
For a set of budget wheels they perform admirably. They conform to the current trend of wide rims that can incorporate larger tyres and comfort is great because of this.
With sealed bearings and solid, wide rims, they are likely to last many thousands of miles.
Roughly similar to others in this price bracket, but you can certainly find more expensive wheels that weigh more.
Wide rims incorporating larger capacity tyres means little buzz through the bike. They work great.
At under £300, these wheels represent great value for money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well, spun up quickly and were very comfortable even on rough surfaces. For a budget upgrade wheelset, what more could you ask for?
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The construction feels sturdy and reliable.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The rim tape can shift, especially with the struggle to put on stiffer beaded tyres.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Really good wheels that offer great value for money. If you are looking for winter trainers or an upgrade from stock sets you will not be disappointed.
About the tester
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.