Vuelta Chromelite review£169.95

If you want easy-to-use brakes and max cross-country bling for your money, look no further. The narrow rims only take tyres up to 2.3in wide, but the deep profile adds some sturdiness and they're rim brake compatible.

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If you want easy-to-use brakes and max cross-country bling for your money, look no further. The narrow rims only take tyres up to 2.3in wide, but the deep profile adds some sturdiness and they're rim brake compatible.

The 24 chrome style spokes are arranged in wide-spaced pairs to look super fly and they stayed tight and true. The Shimano hubs give a longevity boost, with proper serviceable bearings and stout, almost silent sealed freehubs. Cunning clamp-on six-bolt adaptors on the Shimano Centerlock splines mean they're compatible with both rotor standards too. The Chromelites are heavy for XC wheels though.

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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