Ultimate AM Spotlight: Vuelta Wheels

Vuelta USA provided the wheels for our Ultimate All-Mountain Project. These wheels have made more than a few heads turn. Check out the bladed spokes and their pattern, quite unique for an All-Mountain setup.

The wheels have proven to be quite durable so far, they have endured 1 crash and a few jumps. I’m also happy to report that I have not experienced one flat.

Here are the specs on the wheels:
Rims: Vuelta Alloy 25mm Profile
Front Hub: Shimano M495 Deore
Rear Hub: Shimano M495 Deore
Cassette Body: Shimano
Spokes: Alpina Alloy CNC Black
Spoke Count: Front: 20 Rear: 20
Tires: Michelin X Comp
Weight: Front: 750g Rear: 980g

Yeah, you read it right, 750g for the front and 980g for the rear. Not your lightest wheelset, but definitely not heavy at all for an all-mountain setup.

I’ve seen these wheels sell from $179 – $259, not a bad price considering that you get Wheels, tubes and tires. Do I recommend them? Hell ya, in fact, I liked these wheels so much that I bought me a set for my XC Racing machine!!!

Project: XC Racer

The Fat Tire Classic XC race is less than a month away, since I’m not in any ‘racing shape’ and my lightest bike weighs 29.5 lbs, I decided to build an XC rig.

I decided to go with a KHS Team Alite frame, at 3.0lbs, my 6-yr old daughter had no trouble holding the frame. Why a KHS frame?, (no, it was not free) after testing over 6 KHS bikes and owning 3, I’m convinced that KHS produces awesome quality stuff. (Not to mention that Melissa Buhl scored a championship on a KHS frame)

Here’s my spec list:

2008 XT Cranks, Shifters, F & R derailleurs
2007 RockShox Reba Race Dual Air Fork
2007 Vuelta StarLite AL Wheels with Michelin Tires
Answer ProTaper CF Bar
Thomson Elite seatpost
Hayes Nine Brakes (from another bike)
I still haven’t decided on the stem and the pedals (most likely Crank Bros).

My goal is to be at around 20lbs and be done by the 20th. Come back for the updates!

New Ride: KHS XC Team

My buddy just got a new ride, a KHS XC Team. This bike is fully tricked out with the sweet Shimano XTR groupset, Rock Shox Reba Race fork and Rock Shox MC3.3 air shock.

Here are the specs from the KHS website:

Frame: AL 7005 super lite w/4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 100mm travel w/Rear Shock: RockShox MC3.3 air shock w/motion control, floodgate w/3 position switch
Fork: RockShox Reba Race 100mm air shock, motion control, PopLoc bar mounted remote adjustment
Headset: FSA Orbit IS Integrated
Rims: Sun XC Flea, disc specific
Hubs: Sun XC Flea, disc specific
Tires: Tioga Red Phoenix, 2.0f/1.9r
Spokes: Sun XC Flea, disc specific
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR
Shifters: Shimano XTR Trigger
Chain: KMC X9
Crankset: Shimano XTR 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34, 9 Speed
Pedals: N/A
Seatpost: Q2 Pro
Saddle: WTB Devo
Handlebar: FSA 31.8 XC-190 riser
Stem: FSA 31.8 115, 3-D Forged
Grips: WTB MotoTec clamp on
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR
Brakes: Shimano XTR, 6″ rotors
Color: Team Satin Silver
Frame: Size S, M, L, XL

Some pictures for your enjoyment:

Side view


Cockpit


XTR Brakes


XTR Cranks

Congrats on the new bike, Jake. Mtnbikeriders.com wishes you many happy miles on your new ride. Now when are you going to race that beaut?

For more info on the KHS XC Team, click here.