Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset

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Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset
If you've got a brand-new 11-speed groupset and are hankering for some speedy new wheels, then you need the Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE wheelset. Why go carbon? That's easy. Carbon wheels are stiff, they're light and they're fast. But here's where the Vuelta Corsa Carbon stands apart: what most carbon wheels don't always do well is brake in some road conditions. That's why Vuelta introduced the Corsa Carbon 50 LE road bike wheelset. It's still a carbon rim, but has a bonded alloy brake track for improved stopping performance in the rain, on extreme downhills, and a few other situation where aluminum just does a little better than carbon. The hub is Shimano/SRAM 11-speed ready, and includes a spacer for Shimano 8/9/10-speed cassettes.
NOTE: Only use carbon-specific brake pads (included) with these rims. While the brake track is alloy, it is bonded directly to carbon which can still build up heat if regular brake pads are used.
  • Handbuilt alloy carbon-alloy wheelset is stiff, lightweight and responsive
  • Super high modulus, impact resistant monocoque rim design delivers excellent power transmission with minimal flex
  • 50mm deep-V rim gives you an aero advantage when the wind is blowing in the wrong direction
  • Alloy clincher brake track delivers superior braking performance and a longer road life
  • Lightweight quick-release skewers help get these wheels down to race weight
  • Ultra lightweight wheel set at only 2039g for a pair
  • Full set of Carbon-Specific brake pads included (Shimano compatible inserts)
  • Shimano/SRAM 11-speed ready, spacer included for vintage 9/10-speed systems
Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset
  • WEIGHT 2039g (pair)
  • UPC 664332864701
  • TIRE SIZE 700C
  • TIRE TYPE Clincher
  • HUB Rear: Corsa Lite 2, Front:Corsa Novatech
  • SPACING 100mm front; 130mm rear
  • SPOKES Steel
  • SPOKE COUNT Front: 20, Rear:24
  • LACING PATTERN Front: radial, Rear: 2-cross
  • SKEWERS INCLUDED Yes
  • RIM HEIGHT 50mm
  • RIM WIDTH 20mm
  • COMPATIBILITY Shimano/SRAM 11-speed (includes spacer for 8/9/10-speed)
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED Skewers, rim tape, cassette spacer, user manual
  • Rating 4.5

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Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (4), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great wheels

By AJ

from SF Bay area

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Aero
  • Durable
  • Nice Looking

Cons

  • Permanent Graphics

Best Uses

  • Road Biking

Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

I read all the reviews, weighed the pros & cons from other owners, compared these wheels to other wheelsets in the general price range and decided to try them.

Me: 49 yrs old, weigh 215 lbs, ride 100 - 150 miles per week.

Bike: Specialized Roubaix SL4

I've has these wheels for about 1 month and have put 500 miles on them so far. And thus far I swear by them. They dampen the road chatter I typically feel when riding and I dont feel beat up after long rides. Yes, I still feel the pavement but its not as jarring on my body. The other day I wasnt paying attention and hit a pothole so hard one of my water bottles almost fell out. I checked the wheels and they were fine and spun true.

On one ride I hit 40+ mph on a descent and had no issues braking or handling the bike around curves.

They are heavier than the Ksyrium SL SSC's they replaced yet I find myself riding a but faster on them. My Strava stats show a few PR's here & there after every ride.

I think these wheels are an excellent value, especially if you're a 'clydesdale' and want to be able to enjoy the benefits of a carbon wheel without worrying about overtaxing them. And, if you're over a certain age and dont recover as quickly as you did in your younger years you will love them.

My only knock on them is the graphics. There's a lot of writing on them and it cant be removed. Also, not really a knock but they are carbon wheels with a metal brake track....but you still need to use carbon specific brake shoes.

If a person is loyal to popular brands or is willing to pay hundreds more to save a few grams, I wont judge them, to each his/her own. But for me, so far, these wheels have exceeded my expectations. I cant imagine a recreational rider needing more from a wheelset.

I hope this review was helpful. Enjoy your ride. :-)

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

pleasantly surprised

By splzd fan Carlos

from Chino Hills, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

used these wheels twice so far and I'm very happy with the response and handling of these wheels. the wheels come with its own brakes with I used when I switched wheels, but a bike mechanic assured me because of the aluminum braking surface that I could use standard brakes. I'll leave that up to the buyer to decide because of warranty and all.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5000 miles

By RA

from L.A.,Calif.

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Pros

  • Been Very Good For 1 Year
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Ittle Heavy

Best Uses

  • Flats All Out Long Milage
  • Road Biking

Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

1 year and 5000 miles later they have been very good to me.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

They're Great!

By Ben Jammin

from Merced, CA

About Me Competitive Cyclist

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

      I've been envious of guys that I ride with that have carbon wheels, until they tell me how much they paid for them. Ouch! That's when I found these wheels. You can't beat them for the price & Vuelta stands behind their products. I haven't used them in a race yet, but they've been great on training rides. They're fast, affordable and look great on my bike.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good wheels for the price

      By runlevel6

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

      Catching these on the 20% off from the regular sale price is a great deal.

      Bottom line is that yes, they are heavy, but still lighter than many stock wheels on major brands.

      They look great with the subdued graphics, and I have taken them on a few rides with pretty harsh surface and they still spin true.

      The packaging was not great but the wheels are a good upgrade.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset

      By El Mas (Scalatori)

      from Virginia Beach, Va.

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

      This wheel set is on the heavy side, however I knew this going into the purchase. I use these wheels on my Cannondale and they are fast and look good. It is easy to change a tire where other carbon wheels the tolerances are so tight its almost impossible. I received these in the mail in their original box from Vuelta without any extra packaging from Nashbar, this is where I have a problem. The box arrived ripped, the rear wheel took a hard hit as the hub had a ding on it, luckily it did not affect the fit or function of the wheels however I believe Bike Nashbar should take extra care to ensure a customer's product arrives undamaged. For the price I am happy and would order another set but I am leary that they would arrive protected. For the price they are a deal, will fit 9, 10, or 11 speed wheels with the attached spacer and add approximately 1 1/2 lbs of weight to your bike. Do use them for climbing steep mountains but are excellent for the flats...

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Stiff & Durable, Not Light

      By Pete

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Handles Slugishly Compare
      • Heavy
      • Same Weight As Alum Wheel

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

      Climbs better than alum. Handling is so-so. Price is excellent. Expect many miles of use due to their weight.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Wheelset for the Price

      By Tim

      from St. Petersburg, Fl

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 LE Wheelset:

      Bought this wheelset to replace an all carbon Easton wheelset that cracked when changing a tire. This wheelset although slightly heavier than the Easton much sturdier with the solid breaking of the aluminum rims.

      Think with the recessed spoke nuts and deeper dish over the 35mm Eastons these wheels actually faster than the Eastons once you get them rolling.

      Overall compared to the equivalent carbon wheelset costing $2,000 or more these Vuelta's offer very good value....

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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