FSA XC290 29er wheelset review

Best for rough terrain

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £400.00 RRP | USD $550.00
FSA XC290 wheelset

Our review

Strong but hefty for XC wheels and skinny rims limit tyre choice
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Hand-built with tough 6061 heat-treated eyeletted rims, medium flange hubs to achieve shorter spoke length, 32 double butted spokes and alu nipples, these have the narrowest rim section (23.5mm) of all the wheels on test.


This is fine for narrow profile tyres rather than the fat treads many 29er riders prefer but slightly at odds with the fact they’re among the heaviest 29er wheels we’ve tested. Build strength is noticeable in excellent tracking over rough terrain, but rolling weight’s an issue if you ride them back to back with American Classics, at the same price.

Product Specifications


Name XC290 wheelset (11)
Brand FSA

Description Weight 961g (F), 1175g (R) including 2xQRs spokes 32, double butted Options 26in
Wheel Size 29