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FSA XC-290 29er Wheelset

1.64/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $550.00

Product Description

  • AL6061/T6 disk specific rims
  • Cassette: Shimano
  • Disc brake medium flange hubs
  • 23,5mm section rim
  • Spoke (F/R) - 32°x3 / 32°x3

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tommy Cross Country Rider a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2015

Strengths:    Quiet

Weaknesses:    rim

Bottom Line:   
Update. Would not stay true and ultimately bent. Running Reynolds Alu 29 and problems vanished. (solid wheelset)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2012

Strengths:    Light rim, Silent hub

Weaknesses:    Not a Tubeless rim

Bottom Line:   
Been riding these for about one year now on the road, trail riding (Austria). Silent hub is great when descending, feels like flying. Wheels are not that fast after turning out a slow corner (compared to my 26'er Shimano XTR's) but fast corners are even better with them. Wheels stay true and are the right choice for training wheels on a hardtail bike. Used to ride tubeless on my 26'ers, I don't feel to miss this on the 29'er which you can even ride with lower pressure.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jersievers

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012

Strengths:    they are cheep if you find a nashbar

Weaknesses:    tubeless pain, not durable.

Bottom Line:   
They are always needing attention, rear is constantly going out of true...even if I take the time to tension correctly with tensionmeter.

The hubset is fine, I actually plan to rebuild this winter with ZTR Arch EX rims.

The rim is awful, very hard to set up with tubeless, don't think, "I can figure it out." You can do it. But not worth it. Had to "tape up" inside with extra tap to even begin to use stans strips. They are working well as tubeless now, but not worth all the headache. Wish I would have just got stans Arch wheels in the first place.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tommy a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2012

Strengths:    Under 2000 gms,smooth and silent freehub. Spoke wrench included.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these before reading the neg, reviews,but Nashbar has a solid return policy. So far they have stayed tru and Im gaining confidence in them. Was very concerned at first. 10 or so rides on them in the So Cal area. Still ride a bit cautious and not do anything too aggro, though that feeling is going away.
Giving them positive reviews when asked...

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana River Trail

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Scott Scale Elite hardtail...All stock except for a WTB saddle. 180 lbs.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by movingreen a Cross Country Rider from Concord, NH, US

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2011

Strengths:    Pretty light, pretty cheap

Weaknesses:    Don't last

Bottom Line:   
I read the bad reviews, but took a chance because I wanted a wheelset under 2k grams and less than $400. "Tacoed" the front wheel in less than 6 months and less than 200 miles and I only weigh around 150. Ridiculous. Now I'm $400 in the hole and looking for a new wheel. It's not worth it. Don't buy this wheelset.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Universal

Bike Setup:   rigid ss

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tolivestofly a Weekend Warrior from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2011

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    everything else

Bottom Line:   
Kona clearly realized how crappy these wheels were as they were only on the 2009 and then switched out for the next year. Typical trail riding and they went out of true. I'm not a jumper, bomber madman biker. I just cruise along the trails like a typical weekend dude. The worst part of all was the proprietary tool the wheels take to true them. It did not come with my bike and when my lbs tried to order one, it took weeks for it to come in. Lost like a month of summer riding on this bike. Had to use my 26er instead. Sucked when you're supposed to have a really nice 29 mtb.

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Favorite Trail:   Levis Mound

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Salsa Delgados, Bontrager stuff, none really. They were on my first 29er

Bike Setup:   2009 stock Kona King Kahuna

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by IC3BoRacer a Cross Country Rider from Emerald Hills, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2011

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Rear hub

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste your time with these wheels. The freehub body broke in less than six months of riding on only Saturdays and FSA makes it virtually impossible to find replacement parts. Additionally, the design of the rear hub makes it totally difficult to service the hub without taking it completely apart. I'm only 170lbs but the wheels flex way too much. My DT-Swiss and WTB Laser discs never flexed this much and I never had a problem with the rear hubs. Pass on these wheels.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   DT-Swiss/Synchros-WTB Laser disc

Bike Setup:   Salsa Dos Niner with a Reba SL fork

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Portland Oregon

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2010

Strengths:    Light, silent rear hub, looked good at first.

Weaknesses:    Rim bent after the second ride and the rear hub has something rubbing and/or loose that make the rear brake vibrate. Called FSA warranty and they told me to grind down the part that was rubbing and told me I must have been abusing the wheels, and it's $80 to buy a new rim? 2 year warranty means nothing if they don't come through. Will never buy FSA wheels again.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy these unless you plan on going slow or replacing them often. They make great parts for bikes but they have no right making wheels.

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Favorite Trail:   Tarbell

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Camas Bike and Sport

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Crossmax 29er, WTB lazerdisc 29er.

Bike Setup:   Great now that I removed these pieces of $&#@!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tinshield a Racer from Dunstable, MA

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2010

Strengths:    Not sure what the strengths are. The weight is reasonable but not great.

Weaknesses:    Weak wheels

Bottom Line:   
The wheels held up OK for a while but this bike is an alternate and not ridden a lot. Took it out last week and while riding over a 5" log in on the trail the front wheel tacoed significantly, causing me to fall. No injuries or anything but pretty disappointed. I've never tacoed a wheel in the 17 years I have been mountain biking.

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Favorite Trail:   Pitch Pine, Bear Brook Sp

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Wheels came on a 2009 Kone King Kahuna

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by athallett a Cross Country Rider from rochester, MI,

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2010

Strengths:    the only plus is that they are a little on the light side.

Weaknesses:    will not stay true and they have a custom nipples and shops have a hard time finding the tool to true them because FSA is impossible to get a hold of.

Bottom Line:   
This is a must skip product. one race in MI on smooth single track the front rim tacoed. VERY disappointed in this product.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   niner EMD

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gasp4Air a Cross Country Rider from Manchester,CT

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2009

Weaknesses:    These wheels will not take even moderate abuse, nor stay true.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 180 lbs, XC type rider on the rocky, rooty hills of central CT. No air, no hucking. From the start these wheels wouldn't stay true. A low speed hit on a big rock (daydreaming) while climbing ruined the front. I got an inexpensive laserdisc/XT replacement for the front and it's remained true. Getting a set of Flows next spring. If you only ride smooth trails these might be ok.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   Doesn't matter

Similar Products Used:   First set of 29s, various 26s

Bike Setup:   08 Rip9 with a Manitou Minute 120

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