Cole Brontes XC Lite mountain bike wheelset review

Reliable and affordable

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £249.99 RRP | USD $405.00
Cole Brontes XC Lite wheels

Our review

Tough and reliable but heavy, narrow and not tubeless compatible
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Cole’s entry-level wheels are reliable, but at just under 2kg, ‘XC Lite’ doesn’t describe their weight – not for the price anyway. The mid-depth rims don’t have eyelets but they’ve have taken some serious rock slaps without complaint. While they’re not as outrageously rigid as Cole’s more expensive straight-pull wheelsets, the bladed J-bend spokes keep tension well and track okay. 


Other Cole wheels we’ve used long-term are still going strong, the axles are switchable via different end caps and the wheels also come with a padded wheelbag, which is fancy for the price. The 19mm internal rim limits wider tyre choice though. They’re not tubeless-compatible unless you add an aftermarket seal strip and valve kit either.


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

Product Specifications


Name Brontes XC Light wheelset (12)
Brand Cole

Description Weight: Front: 887g Rear: 1,087g Total: 1,974g *Axles QR/15 Rear: QR/135/142mm