WHAT IS IT? The new Tusk Impact wheelset is the
least expensive high-performance wheelset that MXA
has ever successfully tested, which means that this is a
good product at a great price.
WHAT’S IT COST? $499.99 (front/rear wheelset),
$289.99 (rear wheel), $259.99 (front wheel).
CONTACT? www.rockymountainatvmc.com or
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Tusk Impact wheelset.
(1) Price. For the $499.99 you pay for a complete set
of front and rear Tusk wheels, you couldn’t buy a front
Kite, Talon or Excel wheel. The MXA wrecking crew
would be the first to admit that we were scared to race
with such an inexpensive set of wheels—based on past
bad experiences. So, we started out using them as
practice wheels, upgraded them to desert riding wheels,
and eventually began to race with them. We wanted
to be thorough, so we started testing this set of Tusk
wheels in July of 2013, and they are just appearing in
( 2) Construction. Tusk’s aluminum hubs are forged,
not cast, and CNC-machined for a precision fit. The
Tusk hubs come with high-quality bearings, seals and
hard-anodized wheel spacers. The rims are anodized
Tusk supplier. The spokes are 3024 stainless steel.
Tusk wheels come completely assembled and are
interchangeable with the stock OEM wheel components,
which is very nice.
( 3) Colors. Tusk’s KTM hubs are anodized orange.
Yamaha gets blue hubs, Honda red, Suzuki yellow and
Kawasaki blue. All Tusk Impact rims are anodized black.
( 4) Performance. The more time we put on the
Tusk Impact wheels, the more comfortable we became.
Although they are heavier than other premium wheelsets, we took that as a sign that they were overbuilt to
hold up to abuse better. In the first month we chased
the spokes on a regular basis, but they didn’t require
any more attention than the stock KTM rims. By the
second month, we began to notice that the stock KTM
Excel rims were looking kind of whoopty, while the Tusk
Impact rims were still round. By the end of our test, the
Tusk wheels had won us over.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? There were two quibbles.
(1) They are a little heavy for race wheels but perfect
as practice wheels. ( 2) Black rims may look sweet when
new, but they get gouged up.
You can’t beat the price, and we couldn’t beat
the Tusk Impact wheels to death. All good.
TUSK IMPACT WHEELSET
MXA TEAM TESTED