Formula Xero Element Xsm-3 Wheelset

4/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

High quality design for all mountain riding. Featuring a welded and CNC machined rim mated to a lightweight smooth rolling quick engament hub. 24 hole 1998g


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick a Cross Country Rider from Beijing, China

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2008

Strengths:    Solid, Spoke strength, Problem free. Roll well, track well.

Weaknesses:    Rim sidewall scratches easily - not ideal if you use V brakes. Weight, they are not light! Rough riding when on lockout.

Bottom Line:   
Rather a cheap wheelset for an expensive bike, but has been worth the money :-) It is not light, but even after 3 years I can coast downhill faster than nearly anyone else. The Xero hubs are pretty tough and although I can hear that they are dying they are still rolling well. Spokes are very tough and have stayed true (even after the rear derailleur got caught in them!). If you use V brakes you may want to avoid these as the sidewall cuts very easily. Very likely best used in a softtail setup as I doubt that they will like full-on hardtail trashing, they are not forgiving and very rough when used in lockout mode.
Quite stiff laterally, at total weight of 240lbs for the bike+rider+gear they have done pretty ok.
Only 4 stars overall - they are definitely extremely cheap at 120$ but I think you need to make sure you are riding Fully and XC (or HT and non-agressive). I have used these in races, but I am no winner - it's for the fun. Other things have broken, but not the Elements.
I am now looking to replace them, but to be honest I have yet to come across anything other than the DT Swiss 1450 where I feel that the value for money is that high!

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Favorite Trail:   Lingshan, Beijing

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Zhao Jiangwei

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Moment L, XTR cranks, rears, Sram Rocket shifters, Fox Talas RLC, 5th Element Air, Time Carbon pedals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesterrider a Cross Country Rider from Albany

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008

Strengths:    They seem solid, came true and are still true after a few rides.

Weaknesses:    I have the 29'er version and they are quite heavy at 2200+ grams.

Bottom Line:   
They seem solid after about 45 wet miles on 4 short rides. They are still true and may just be OK for winter riding. The engagement is infrequent so we'll see if the rear hub lasts under pressure.
Hey - for $150 as a winter 29'er whelset - they're quite good enough for now.
I can only imagine how nice a lightweight 29'er wheelset will feel after this...
3 chilis for the heavy weight - especially of the rear. - it's probably 1200+ grams.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   FullCycles.com

Similar Products Used:   None in 29'er, but WTB laser disc and King's on 717's

Bike Setup:   Salsa Mamasita 29'er with White Bros carbon fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DaKa a Weekend Warrior from Denver

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2007

Strengths:    Pretty light, sturdy, and handles city roads, curbs, sidewalks, sand, and any other stuff on the street.
Can handle disc and V Brakes.


Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
Very good product. Very good price in comparison to other wheelsets. And they look pretty sick.

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Favorite Trail:   All over

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   New - Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Mavic.

Bike Setup:   Kona Cinder Cone frame, Marzocchi Marathon fork, racing bars, upgraded grips, brakes, brake pads, mountain pedals, cassettes, chain, and chainrings. Project Bike.

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