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Vittoria launch six-strong range of road wheels

Tyre manufacturer moves into wheel market

Having produced bicycle tyres since 1953, Vittoria have made the move into the wheel market, launching with a 12-strong range.

The initial line-up is made up of six road and four mountain bike wheelsets, with the road wheels starting at £199 and rising to £1,499.

Vittoria are among the market leaders when it comes to tyres and now the Italian firm’s moved branched out into wheels

Let’s start at the top. The Qurano is Vittoria’s debut flagship wheel and comes in three depths with a 23.5mm-wide rim that follows the current trend that wider is better, giving the tyre a fatter footprint and thus offering improved stability and grip.

The carbon fibre rim is enhanced with graphene – dubbed ‘the material of the future’ by Vittoria and said to reduce temperature build-up, improve spoke hole strength and improve stiffness, while offering future potential to reduce weight. The result, Vittoria say, is a range of wheels which are faster, stronger and more resilient than traditional carbon fibre wheels.

The flagship Qurano is available in three depths

The Qurano is currently only available as a tubular but Vittoria say a clincher is in development and graphene’s claimed heat reducing properties will be a major boon for riders rightly concerned by the heat build-up and subsequent delamination than can affect carbon clinchers.

All Qurano wheels use Vittoria’s tool-free SwitchIT hub, which has a replaceable freehub body removable by hand. Buy a spare freehub body and you could theoretically swap cassettes between flat and hilly rides by swapping freehub bodies, without the need for tools.

The Qurano 46 (which has a 46mm-deep rear rim and 42mm-deep front rim) costs £1,299 and has a claimed weight of 1,298g, the Qurano 60 costs £1,399 and has a claimed weight of 1,409g and the Qurano 84 costs £1,499 and weighs a claimed 1,573g.

The Fraxion has a carbon/aluminium construction

Into the clincher range and the Fraxion has an aluminium/carbon construction, with a 45mm-deep front rim and 50mm-deep rear rim. The Fraxion has the same SwitchIt freehub as the Qurano range. Claimed weight is 1,698g and a set will cost you £899.

The Elusion Nero’s brake track has a ceramic coating to improve durability and braking performance

Meanwhile, the Elusion Nero is Vittoria’s shallow race clincher, with a 26mm/28mm aluminium rim at the front/rear. The brake track has a ‘Nero’ ceramic coating which is designed to offer improved braking performance (ceramic brake pads are included) in a similar way to Mavic’s Exalith treatment, plus it looks great, too. Once again, you get Vittoria’s tool-free SwitchIT freehub. How much do they weight? 1,576g. And the cost? £649.

The Elusion shares the same design as the Elusion Nero but loses the ceramic brake track

Step down another level and the Elusion shares a similar design to the Elusion Nero but without the ceramic coating. The claimed weight nudges up a little to 1,591g as the wheels use brass spoke nipples instead of alloy but the price drops to £399.

The Alusion is described as a ‘semi-aero’ wheelset

Moving into Vittoria’s entry-level range and the Alusion is described as a ‘semi-aero’ wheelset, with a 32mm-deep aluminium rim. You get a conventional hub, rather than Vittoria’s SwitchIt design, and claimed weight is 1,790g. Yours for £299. Finally, the Session sits at the base of the range and is the Italian firm’s day-to-day training wheelset, with a shallow rim depth of 26mm. They’ll set you back £199 and claimed weight is 1,763g.

The £199 Session sits at the base of Vittoria’s wheel range

All wheels, from top to bottom, come with wheel bags, as well as a multi-tool which includes tyre levers, allen keys and spoke keys for on-the-go adjustments. All wheels also come with an individual QR code which allows the rider to register their hoops online, earning a warranty extension from two to three years, and log service and warranty information.

Website: Vittoria

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