woohoo finally got the Vuelta Corsa Lites from Nashbar I've been wanting for MONTHS now! My road bike that I use for commuting came with heavy Mavic CXP22 wheels. Those weigh in at 915/1,178g front/rear for the rim and rim tape alone. Total of 2,093 grams.
I've already weighed the new Vueltas, and they came in under the advertised weight of 1,578 grams. They are 663/884g for a total of 1,547 grams. A total savings of 546 grams, over 1.2 pounds of rotating weight!
I also did some testing to see how long the Mavics and the Vueltas will spin freely. Mavic front wheel averaged 1:47 while the Vuelta front wheel averaged a whopping 2:58! Granted this isn't a scientific test and the initial force I used to spin the wheel each time wasn't exactly the same, but I tried to keep it pretty close.
Rear wheel with the freehub spun for an average of 24 seconds for the Mavic, and 31 seconds for the Vuelta.
Riding them feels pretty good so far. I only rode to the bike shop and back, 5 miles, but yeah I haven't found anything bad yet. Commuting to work will be the real test. I'm not sure yet if this will improve my average speeds or not.
Some have suggested I remove the logo stickers, but for now I think I'll leave them on.
Other recent changes include the Topeak pump and I swapped out the 17° 90mm stem for a 7° stem. I might end up moving it up one spacer and flipping it down, just depending on what looks better. Plus that will make it easier to get my computer mounted on the stem, which I've wanted to do for a long time but couldn't because of the sharp rise of the 17° stem.
Next order of business will be fitting a rack. I already had the bike shop order me the Problem Solvers seat post clamp that gives me rack mounts. Just need to get some P-clamps for the seat stays and the rack itself. The Bontrager BackRack at the LBS seems reasonably light, and I like that it has tubular aluminum struts that attach to the Problem Solvers seat post clamp instead of the usual flat metal pieces that you have to bend into place.