Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 Clincher Wheelset Pro Review

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Vuelta Corsa-Carbon Clinchers Pro ReviewBy Twain Mein

  • Full carbon clincher rim
  • 6mm “lowered” brake surface area to prevent heat build-up
  • 20 spoke front, 24 spoke rear with triple-butted aero and stainless steel spokes, sealed cartridge bearings and “lubeable” cassette body.
  • 50mm rim for aerodynamics
  • Claimed: weight — Front: 703 grams, Rear: 958 grams, total 1661 grams
  • Actual — Front: 740 grams, Rear: 990 grams. +69 grams.
  • $1500 MSRP for the pair
  • Includes cork brake pads and brake pad holders

I’m not that familiar with the Vuelta brand, but their website explains that they’ve been around since 1992. Their site further claims “it is no wonder that Vuelta continues its reign as the current UCI world hour record holder, and owner of the coveted title of World’s Fastest Wheels.” I didn’t really have much opinion on the company, but I was excited to test full carbon clinchers, as it seems that carbon clinchers is where great strides are being made in innovation.

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About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


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  • Kwan says:

    some caution for the full carbon clincher wheels owner out there: do not mix your carbon brake pads with alloy wheels! your carbon pads will pick up metal bits and embedded into the pads and when will damage your carbon rims when you switch back to carbon again. Do not mix your carbon brake pads with alloy rims! when you switch out carbon wheels, bring the pads with you.

  • Twain says:

    Thanks for the headsup, Kwan. I’ve heard that before from other people–and should have made a point of it.
    Great feedback.

  • MM says:

    Too bad that “Kwan” is incorrect. Swiss Stops yellows go both ways and don’t pick up alu bits in them. If you spend $1000+ on carbon wheels, spend the $50-75 on the pads.
    I ride yellows as do @ a dozen of my team-mates and ride group. Zero issues.

  • Kwan says:

    Thanks for the update MM, sounds like SS yellows is an exception.

  • Brian says:

    In case anyone is wondering, the rims are made by Gigantex

  • Bumble says:

    They also look like Joytech hubs, so this looks like another generic Gigantex/Joytech wheelset to me, not that there’s anything wrong with that. :-)

    Also, there’s a misprint on the weight: the rear ain’t 1730g; and there may also be a mix-up between the actual and claimed weight, because I’d be surprised if the claimed weight is 2060g, and actual is 1730g. Just sayin’

  • Twain says:

    Thanks for catching the typos!!!
    Here’s what it should have said.
    # Claimed: weight — Front: 703 grams, Rear: 958 grams, total 1661grams
    # Actual — Front: 740 grams, Rear: 990 grams, total 1730; +69 grams

  • wayne nagata says:

    I’m surprized at the comment that the bearing felt sticky. A have a set of the new Vuelta Corsa Super lites. the bearing are super smooth and the seem to spin indifinitely.

    I too picked up speed on the downhill, coasting from 19 to 22.

  • Kman says:

    How are these with mounting tires on and off? I have a set of Token wheels which are the exact same wheel and it’s pretty much impossible to get a tire on and off the rim….flat out on a ride and your going to spend 1/2+ hour trying to change a tube. Are these any better?

  • Twain says:

    Mounting tires isn’t super easy, especially Vittorias. Best if you have 2 (plastic) tire irons required.

  • Mike says:

    Not sure that the lower braking point will increase power – the longer lever arm of the break pad will decrease the force at the pad for the same force through the cable and the shorter lever arm from the hub will reduce the force at the road. That’s a loss in both cases.

  • David says:

    Has any of you tried the Campagnolo Boras? To me, they are super sexy and ultra expensive. I sure like to hear your comments. Thank you.

  • Tim says:

    Has anyone bought these and tried them at home? Sites have them for sale in the $600-$700 range, and based on the review that would be a great deal.

  • matt says:

    does anyone know if there is a risk in getting these wheels for a “bigger” rider….i am 6’4″, 240…..i’m losing puonds but the height won’t go away. I dont want to order them with a risk of them breaking on me. Thanks.

    • Grant says:

      Matt…. I know your post is nearly 3 years old but thought I would ask if you ever pulled the trigger on the Vueltas. I am also a bigger Clydesdale. 6’2″ 250 presently but working on that. Even when I’m “thin” I’m still 220 range. Anyhow, I work with a very limited budget and ran into these on Nashbar for $520. Ordered them. Haven’t gotten them yet. Trying to find out anything I can to decide whether I keep them or send them back. Any thoughts?

  • Tino says:

    The reason the brake surface is lowered is to line it up with the stronger part of the rim that is supported by the lateral cross section. This facilitates less compression from the brakes’ clamping forces, puts material above and below the pads which creates a bigger heat sink and eliminates the potential of rim failure due to having pads clamp down on the thinner part of the rim near the bead lip.

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