FSA XC150 wheelset£299.99

Disappointing new hoops

BikeRadar score3/5

The XC150 is a new wheel from FSA, designed for more aggressive riders using forks with 15mm through-axles.

With this in mind you’re getting a chunky deep section, 25mm wide rim that’ll work fine with tyres up to 2.35in without rolling or folding in turns. Rim damage on rocky sections wasn’t an issue either.

But there are only 24 straight-pull spokes at both ends, and despite being handbuilt, they were starting to get baggy after only a couple of rides.

There’s more slew and flex through corners than we’d expect for a 2kg-plus wheel, and they’re slow to accelerate. The smooth bearings and steel freehub extend rolling life but it’s a one-axle only setup and overall performance is underwhelming for the price.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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