Vuelta Corsa Super-Light Clincher Wheelset Pro Review

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Vuelta Corsa Super-Light Wheelset Pro Review by Twain Mein

  • Light alloy rims at a competitive price point
  • 20 spoke front, 24 spoke rear with triple-butted aero and stainless steel spokes, sealed cartridge bearings and “lubeable” cassette body.
  • 27mm rim
  • Claimed: weight — Front: 607 grams, Rear: 835 grams, 1442 total. Actual — Front: 650 grams, Rear: 870 grams, 1520 total, +78 grams (5.4%)
  • $400 msrp for the pair

This is a follow up review to the Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 clinchers.

These are impressive wheels, especially for the unbelievably reasonable price point of just $400 for the set, including quick release skewers. They feature the same “fast looking” red and black graphics and deliver on their promise.

The wheels feature 20/24 spoke rims with triple-butted stainless spokes, and the awesome “lubeable” cassette body. They also have the same excellent quick release levers featured in the Corsa Carbon 50 clinchers. And while not as light as the claimed 1442 grams (they came in at 1520), they are relatively light and very strong.

Often times with aluminum rims, you can see the seam and joint which is at the opposite side of the nipple hole. And, as you can see from the pictures, it was impossible to see the joint in the rim, compared to another competitor. This is a nice touch and hints at the fine finishing work.

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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  • Jens says:

    Nice review, but what I really wanted to hear about (and this is true of any wheelset review) is durability.
    How much does the reviewer weigh, and what is the wheel maker’s recommended maximum weight limit for the wheels? Details like that are very helpful.

  • Twain says:

    Jens-
    There is no weight limit as far as I know:
    http://www.vueltausa.com/products/road-wheelsets/specSheet/corsa-super-lite.pdf
    I weigh 156 pounds but was commuting to work with another 10 pounds of stuff on my back for most of this review. They seem pretty bomb-proof to me.

  • Mike T. says:

    Hmmm, nothing special here. Try the Blackset Race wheels from BicycleWheelWarehouse.com – an honest 1421grams for $275 or with the spokes we got – 3/4 of the wheelset laced with DT Revolutions – weight 1351grams. A saving of 149g over the ones in this article. Plus they have the more robust 24/28 spoke count too.

  • Plain Jim says:

    The wheels themselves? I like ‘em. Nice and light; noticeably better for quick starts and hills than the Xero’s I replaced.

    Caveats:
    1. Tires are hard to put on & off. I used to do it by hand on my old wheels; with the Vuelta’s, I have to use a stiff tire tool (they broke my lightweight one). This is a problem, because…
    2.The rim tape that comes on the wheels is useless. I ground through about five tubes, and only noticed on the last one that the punctures were on the INSIDE of the tube, not the tire side (I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier). Do yourself a favor: get the 17mm-wide Velox rim tape while you’re waiting for delivery, and, before you install the tubes, rip out that cheesy Vuelta rim tape and put in the Velox.
    3. The quick release for the rear wheel kept loosening up. This was not a problem with the front release, nor have I heard this complaint anywhere else, but I almost wiped out halfway through a club ride (there was some warning; I heard a rub and felt some wobbliness that wasn’t a flat tire, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Like I said, not the brightest bulb…). I replaced with some standard inexpensive QR’s, and have not had a problem since. It’s kinda too bad, because the Vuelta QR triggers are cool-lookin’.

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