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FSA XC-300 Wheelset

3.94/5 (50 Reviews)
Weight : 1.7 kg/pr


Product Description

  • Cross country flyer
  • Danza™, rugged, AL6061/T6, disk-specific rims
  • Disc-specific hubs with medium height flanges to strengthen spoke structure
  • Wheelsmith® butted, stainless spokes with aluminum nipples
  • SpokePrep® on spoke threads
  • Artisan built, entirely by hand, serially numbered
  • Includes Scatto™ QR, spoke wrench, and rim tapes
  • 20mm section rim
  • O.L.D. (F/R) - 100mm / 135mm
  • Cassette - Shimano
  • Spoke (F/R) - 24º x2 / 24º x3
  • Spoke Gauge - 2.0-1.7-2.0mm


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by andyfloyd

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2014

    Strengths:    Fairly Light weight, quiet freehub, rolls very smooth, great hubs, rims feel fairly stiff to me 15lb XC Rider.

    Weaknesses:    Spokes and nipples are weak. I have broken 2 spokes and 2 nipples after 2000 miles of use on these wheels

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had these wheels on my HT 26er and my FS 26er and they have been pretty great. Spokes seem to be a little bit weak, and the nipples as I have broken 2 of each. Otherwise the rims stay fairly true and they are pretty lightweight as well. I take them off some drops / jumps as high as 3' and so far in over 2000/mi they have held up. Impressive.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by AC/BC a Racer from Maple Grove

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2011

    Strengths:    Relatively light weight. Great price for the weight

    Weaknesses:    Not a very strong free hub. Nipple will break with hard use

    Bottom Line:   
    I broke one nipple after 2 years of use. I just noticed that the free hub does not spin very freely anymore either. This is after 2 years of VERY HARD use.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cuyuna

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Wheel World.com

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8500

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Kris01 a Cross Country Rider from Winchester UK

    Date Reviewed: March 14, 2011

    Strengths:    Very good bearings,Rims fairly tough for XC

    Weaknesses:    Alloy spoke nipples

    Bottom Line:   
    Good wheels for a light XC rider, spoke nipples will break if your heavy or push harder than XC. I would replace the alloy nipples with brass and would get nice set of XC wheels if i could be bothered. Overall not bad for the price but my stock Mavic XM117's took way more abuse at much less cost but of course are a fair bit heavier. Couldn't see any reason to buy FSA from new but for an e bay bargain could be good.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   DT Swiss, Mavic

    Bike Setup:   XC/AM

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by g-hed a Cross Country Rider from Gisborne, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: December 20, 2010

    Strengths:    Very Light weight
    Stiff
    Very Easy to True


    Weaknesses:    Broken Nipple

    Bottom Line:   
    This wheelset is great! It is very light weight and stiff at only 1700g. It is great for cross country racing. I am very light (50kg) and during a very aggressive downhill section of a race I managed to break a nipple on my rear wheel. The rim was bent a lot until the tyre started to hit my front derailleur on the buckled section. Although other reviews say when they broke nipples their rims became unrepairable, I managed to true them back into place very easily with a new nipple, but this was very inconvenient as I had to reseal the tyre back onto the rim as I was running No Tubes. Although I broke a nipple, unusual for me as I am light weight I still think this wheelset is very good for my application, but would not recommend them for downhill or freeride or to a heavy rider.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Purchased At:   TradeMe

    Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 2000 (2002), FSA XC-300 wheelset, Vredestein Tiger Claw 2.4, No Tubes Tubless kit, Manitou Skareb, Deore LX Drivetrain

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tmack a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2010

    Strengths:    kinda light weight, disc, cartridge bearing, still working, decently priced for what you get

    Weaknesses:    As others mentioned, the nipples suck. They also feel nice and stiff and act "bomb proof" until you land your first jump on them with the wheel not straight, and then they get a nice wobble that cant be trued out (see sucky nipples)

    Bottom Line:   
    They were great the first year or so, much better than the loose-bearing Vuelta Airlines that developed a wobbly freehub and had a knack for popping spokes... then I landed with the wheel slightly skewed and got a wobble in them (didnt taco, just bent a bit). The nipples are alloy, thus they tear up easily. I cant true them anymore because the nipples wont turn, most are stripped, so the front wheel still wobbles, but is ridable (even raced it a couple times). Put the stock wheels from the Pivot back on (DT Swiss 240xc) and back to being happy again.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bull Mtn (Ga)

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $280.00

    Purchased At:   cant remember (speed

    Similar Products Used:   Various Sun/XT/Mavic/DT sets, vuelta airline

    Bike Setup:   was: k2 razorback, now: Pivot Mach4, XT kit

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by nutwiss a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham, UK

    Date Reviewed: April 1, 2010

    Strengths:    Fast hubs. Vaguely light. That's about it.

    Weaknesses:    Weak Rims. Weak Nipples, poorly radiused hub holes, general poor build quality.

    Bottom Line:   
    Having done a measly 1000 miles over the last year and having replaced about 10 spokes (about 2 broke at the nipple, the rest at the hub), I finally got sick of these appalling wheels. The bike has spent weeks in the shop getting spokes replaced and being retrued. I may be 200lb but even canal rides were breaking spokes, almost every time out. Totally sick of these wheels. Got some stock Hope Hoops XCs instead and 200 miles and a few Welsh mountains later and they're still beautiful (if noisy at the hub!). Having inspected the original rims following the change, the rims are not only cracked radially, but there is a hairline crack AROUND the rim, just below the bead line for about 20% of the entire rim, like i'd ridden without any tyres at all! Lucky I took them off when I did! I've writen to FSA customer service about this and had no response. Don't touch them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Afon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle.co.uk

    Similar Products Used:   Hope Hoops pro II on Mavic XC 400s, Ready to Race ZX24. Stock Speccy XCs

    Bike Setup:   Vaguely Stock Kona Hei Hei 2008

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by mccrusty a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: November 24, 2009

    Strengths:    Came with the new bike.
    Stayed nice and straight. Note have place spoke nipples when they broken.


    Weaknesses:    1. Punches caused by rim tape not covering spoke holes. Corrected with off the shelf rim tape(adding weight).

    2. Aluminium nipples break - When riding sometimes but most of the time when the bike is sitting in garage. Cause most likely high tension on spokes to run 24 spoke wheel. So your about to go for a ride get your gear on and you are delayed by a broken AL nipple again.

    Comments from Product Design Engineer (75kg) who has been riding MTB XC for last 16 years.


    Bottom Line:   
    NOTE IF THE WHEELS ARE NOT REBUILD YOU COULD END UP WITH A BENT REAR DERAILLEAR CAUSED BY A SPOKE GETTING IN THE DRIVE TRAIN.

    REBUILD YOUR WHEEL

    What spokes do I rebuild my wheel with?

    I am thinking black stainless steel spokes double butted like the ones on the wheel with brass nipples.

    Is there a URL for rebuilding this wheel?

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Penny cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Only 32 spoked wheels with out disc brakes which I bend all the time.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Primo 2007 - Hard tail

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Wrenchester a Weekend Warrior from Reno, NV

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2009

    Strengths:    Reasonably cheap, reasonably light, reasonably durable, look sharp

    Weaknesses:    broke a nipple once

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this wheelset when I went to disc brakes. The Mavic CrossMax SLs they replaced were lighter, but WAY more expensive. In the 3 years I've been riding these wheels, I have only had to true them twice. I broke a nipple on the back wheel one time, but that's the only failure I've experienced. The freewheel has been rock-solid (unlike the flaky Mavic unit on the CrossMax SLs). I am mostly a trail rider, but I rode these wheels on some pretty gnarly stuff at Northstar last summer, and they held up just fine. For the price, these wheels have been a great value.

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    Favorite Trail:   Keystone Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   EBay

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, Mavic CrossMax SL

    Bike Setup:   2004 Marin Attack Trail, custom build

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mark Davies a Weekend Warrior from St Ives, Cambs, UK

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009

    Strengths:    Lightweight and Cartridge bearings

    Weaknesses:    The Free Hub

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall these wheels are light-ish and to date I have had no problems with the aluminium nipples, although I have had to retention the wheels a couple of times to correct some run out. Bearings have also been fine, well sealed.

    Where these wheels really fall down is with the free hub I have replaced one a year since I owned them, the first just spun freely and locked up randomly after 10 months – replaced under warranty. The second just ground it self to bits despite following FSA’s advice of cleaning and smearing grease under the end caps. The third, replaced this week, sadly suffered the same fate as the second but this time with loud noises, enough to make me get of the bike and check for serious failures.

    Not sure if it is my riding, mainly XC in sandy/muddy conditions, but they are mountain bikes wheels after all.

    If it was not for the poor free hub these wheels could easily have got 5 chilis rating from me!

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    Favorite Trail:   The last one ridden

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Triton Cycles, Londo

    Similar Products Used:   Hope XC, Shimano wheels (various)

    Bike Setup:   Kona The King 2006 - Stock except for saddle and bars

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by singletracksb a Cross Country Rider from santa barbara, ca, usa

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2009

    Strengths:    lightweight, look good

    Weaknesses:    The aluminum nipples are constantly breaking. Wheels don't stay true.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are the most fragile wheels I've ever ridden, period. Stainless spokes with aluminum nipples??? Expect to repair them after each ride. No kidding.

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    Favorite Trail:   romero canyon

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   none (thankfully)

    Bike Setup:   stock 2007 Kona Hei Hei

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by snowhoss a Weekend Warrior from Abingdon, MD, USA

    Date Reviewed: December 16, 2008

    Strengths:    Cartridge bearings! sealed bearings! Servicability, Light weight (1700grams!), high strengh..at least for my fat arse.

    Weaknesses:    24 spokes

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the XC300 SL wheelset. The bearing are a night and day difference from my stocker shimano loose bearing hubs. You can feel the difference in improved resistance when cruising and they are much easier to spin. I was afraid of what my 6'1" 210lbs (with gear) frame would do to these light wheels and so far I have yet to feel these wheels flex or worse, bend, while riding. If anyone knows East Coast riding it involves a lot of roots and rocks and these rims have stood up to my fat arse dropping the hammer every week. Get them if you can find them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Susquehanna State Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Laser Disc Rims laced to Shimano "el cheapo" hubs, the OEM set-up

    Bike Setup:   2008 Rush 5Z, FSA 300XC-SL wheels, Easton Monkeylite SL bars, Thomson 50MM stem, Thomson seatpost, Lizard skins lock-on grips, 2.1" Kenda Nevegals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by chowsm a Cross Country Rider from New York

    Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

    Strengths:    Average weight, nice hand built quality, fairly durable and reasonably priced. One other nice thing is the hub is ultra quiet. Can't hear a peep out of them from more than a couple of feet away

    Weaknesses:    Rim strip moves easily and the spoke holes could be reamed out better. The wheelset also uses alloy nipples which could break easier than brass, but it's lighter.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good value wheelset with the durability to last. I'm 200lbs and riding some fairly technical stuff and the wheel has been true the whole two seasons (5000+ miles) with no broken spokes or nipples. Now that said, I haven't taken any jumps greater than a foot or so. I don't think the wheelset was designed for that type of abuse (alloy nipples, narrow rim width).

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   XT wheelset, Mavic crossmax, Hope/Stan's

    Bike Setup:   Intense Spider XTR/XT stuff

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ezearts a Weekend Warrior from Argentina

    Date Reviewed: November 29, 2008

    Strengths:    Smooth, This set has a perfect equilibrium between weight and cost. They look good and has an atractive design.

    Weaknesses:    Aluminiun nipples. I broken 3 of thems. two on rear and one on de front wheel. The stickers scratches too easy and there is where they lose its pretty face.

    Bottom Line:   
    They are not a light champion, but come on, the are to cheap to be too light. Could be a good idea if you had to choose betwen "center lock" and "6 bolts", but they´re only for "6-bolts " discs. I really like the new XTR rotors, so i´m missing they. I´ve notice they´re too confortable. The first weeks they had a little bit of friction but it dessapeard after a month. If you´re looking for a good wheels and you´have not too much money, and you want to take some races... these are your wheels. And would be a good idea to have a lot of stheel nipples at home... just in case. I wish they could be a little lighter, but there you have the XC300 SL set, about 290grs lighter.

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    Favorite Trail:   La Cienaga (Jujuy - Argentina)

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   La Bicicleta

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic Cross Roc UST

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8500 2008 - Brake set, Rear and Front Dereailerur, Chain, Shifters XTR 2007; FOX F100RL; FSA and Thomson Components. Shimano XT Cranckset

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by kflong a Cross Country Rider from Vermont

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008

    Strengths:    Reasonably light for the price

    Weaknesses:    Durability....

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these wheels for my son who is a XC racer to start getting some weight out of his bike. I selected them based on the strength of reviews in this forum. While they are indeed lighter than his prior wheels I can't say they have held up very well. After riding on them for half a season he has broken multiple nipples on both the front and back tires.

    While he rides and races aggressively, he only weighs <100lbs and I cannot imagine he is doing anything one would not expect for a XC rider/racer.

    So all in all these wheels seem to lack some durability.

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    Favorite Trail:   sAXON hILL

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Sun DSC-2 with Deore hubs..

    Bike Setup:   His bike..stock Specialized Rockhopper Comp

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by kenlay a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR USA

    Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008

    Strengths:    Light, Smoothest Wheel I have ever ridden, Looks Amazing, Aircraft Rated Bearnings, Inexpensive For the quality. No flex

    Weaknesses:    Previous reviews reveal weak aluminum nipples but I have not had a problem as of yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are actually the FSA XC300SL. Superlight says it all. This is the best upgrade I have ever done. The aircraft rated bearings are so smooth it feels like Im riding on air. Hills have became much easier to climb due to the lack of drag that I was used to. cant feel any flex. Previous reviews stated that the rimtape was too skinney but they must have improved that in 2008 because the rim tape is plenty wide. Such nice appearance that two days after buying I caught some scumbag cutting through my lock. Changed the whole feel of my bike. Increases the quality in every way. If you ride XC than you need these wheels. Even if they were twice the cost.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $370.00

    Purchased At:   BTI

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 317 and 717. Sun Rynolite. A few other Sun wheels.
    Forte Locos


    Bike Setup:   FSR Enduro Pro: Rear shock: Rock Shox Ario 2.2 w/ lockout, Front: Reba Race, Cranks:Race Face Evolve DH, Brakes: Hayes Hydralic Disks, Drive train: XTR and XT, Bars: Easton Monkeylites XC, FSA

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