Vittoria Deamion wheels review£449.00

Properly trail-tough hoops from rubber master

BikeRadar score3.5/5

WTB started it, Mavic flipped it round and now Vittoria is the latest tyre manufacturer to bring out a wheel to match its rubber. The new Deamions offer impressively tough trail competition for a lot of the established brands too.

The 21.5mm internal/28mm external rim width gives decent support and stability for up to 2.35in tyres, although it won’t blow them up any bigger than normal like a wider rim will. The scooped ‘Speedlock’ rim profile is pre-taped for very quick and easy tubeless inflation though, and they stayed sealed even when we were properly squirming the treads round at low pressure in turns.

We’ve had no problems with burping or denting even on another set that did a two week tour in the Alps with a proper descending animal. Steering is predictably obedient and the 28 straight pull spokes set into the low flange AP hubs are still true and well tensioned after multiple smoking rotor stops and suspension bottomed drops, so they’re more than tough enough for aggro trail use.

That makes the 1,750g (810g front 940g rear) weight perfectly acceptable. Ten-degree pick up on the freehub keeps them feeling keen on the bike, too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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