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Brief Review: Torelli Bormio Wheels

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Brief Review: Torelli Bormio Wheels

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Brief Review: Torelli Bormio Wheels

I've got somewhere over 1200 miles on my set of Torelli Bormios and since I haven't seen much mention of them here, a review is warranted.

There are two Bormio models. A standard model and an SL. The SL uses round triple-butted spokes and the standard model uses bladed spokes. The standard model is advertised at 1550 grams and the SL at 1510. I ordered the Campy compatible standard model. On my scale, they were 1520 grams with the included rim strips and without skewers -- 30 grams lighter than advertised. I bought the titanium Torelli skewers for 49.95 to go with the wheels. I measured the rim profile at 27mm.

When I got them, I put them on the truing stand. They weren't quite as true as I like to build my own wheels, but the tension was even and they didn't ping under lateral stress. It was a reasonable build.

I'm a 6', 177 pound rider and I don't baby my wheels. These have been my every day wheels across good and bad roads. I put them on the truing stand again yesterday and while not perfect, two spokes with a quarter turn each brought the rear right back in to true. I haven't seen any sign of rim or spoke damage either. Overall, a reasonably durable build.

The one problem I've had is a tendency for the hub lock nuts to loosen causing sloppy shifting as the freehub wiggled. I fixed this by tightening them down with a judicious application of non-permanent loc-tite thread locker. While I had them apart, I was able to examine the internals of the rear hub. It uses a good quality three pawl mechanism and sealed bearings. If you do need to take these apart, take note of the seal on the freehub side. It snaps in to a notch machined in to the lock nut. If it isn't install correctly, it will cause friction and an annoying squeak.

For the logo-haters out there, the decals remove easily. I took them off because my Schwalbe Ultremos have pretty large logos as well.

So, overall this is a reasonably lightweight, durable wheelset at a reasonable price ($399 MSRP, available as low as $319). Just be aware that in at least one case, additional work was required to keep the rear hub tight.
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