Spado Rider

Spada Wheels, based out of a small town in Northern Italy has some deep heritage in cycling and will now be selling their light weight wheels here in the U.S. through their UK distributor. Dan Evans (above), took the UK National Hill Climb title in 2014 on a pair of light weight Spada wheels, and this year he defended his title on an on a pair that were 100g lighter!

Roll past the break to see the details on what makes these wheels so light at a price that is somewhat light on the wallet…..

Spado front hub

Spada, though not a well known brand here (yet), is based out of Tirano in northern Italy close to the valley of Valtellina which is in the heart of some of the more famous passes that the Giro d’Italia has passed through since the 1950’s. Spada Wheels’ founder Corrado Spada, comes from a family of artisan frame builders beginning with his grandfather. Corrado started working first with steel then aluminum frames before he started working with hubs to make them lighter and more efficient. Over time, this would lead into him building what would be some of the lightest wheels on the market.

Spado rear hub

Their Crystal hubs have a carbon body and alloy flanges and use their “2 bearing technology” where the bearings are spaced 115mm to keep the hub’s axle as stiff while keeping the weight down to a scant 178g for the rear and 52g for the front.

Spado Spillo

Spada’s flagship 870g Spillo carbon tubular wheels are built around Corrado’s own hand-built lightweight Crystal hubs (above), and their 27mm deep carbon rim with 20 bladed spokes in the front and 24 in the rear. The wheelset retails for £1399 and will be shipped to the U.S. through their UK distributor VAM Performance. The Spillo Wheels have a 185lb (83kg) weight limit which is understandable based on who these wheels are made for.

Spado Stilleto

Their best seller is the Stiletto aluminum tubular wheelset. Also built onto their Crystal hubs, the Stilettos use a 23mm deep aluminum rim and come in at a respectable 1270g. The Stilettos also have a slightly higher rider weight limit of 200lbs (90kg), and retail for £699.

SpadaBike.com

VAMPerformance.com

11 comments

  1. FoolCyclist on

    @Velociraptor – From the article it seems these are targeted more towards the climbers than those that may need aero wheelsets. In cross wind areas I would take lightweight over aero any day.

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  2. DJ on

    Mistakes in article:
    According to their own website, http://www.spadabike.com/en-en/wheels/
    the Spillo carbon tubular wheels weigh 830 grams and the weight limit is 83kg is 182.98 lbs., not 185 lbs.
    the Stiletto aluminum tubular wheelset weighs 1360 grams (weight limit 90kg/198.42 lbs) and their Stiletto aluminum tubeless clincher wheelset is 1260 grams with a weight limit of 95kg (209.44 lbs)

    ED: I had asked about that and the UK distributor who is importing them to the U.S. took the actual weights and put them in “their” specs.

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  3. JBikes on

    DJ – if you want to split hairs, you’ll need to conform with significant digits. And in that sense it’ll be 183 lbs, 198lbs and 209 lbs.

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  4. VAM on

    Hey,
    I’m from VAM Performance. There is a slight mistake in the article : The Stiletto Clincher Wheels are 1270g. The tubular versions are slightly heavier (around 100g), as these are intended for CX and have a higher spoke count and ‘beefier’ rims. The real world weight on the Spillo wheels are 870g, this is what we weigh them at time and again before they go out to customers. This is also what we quote on spadawheels.co.uk which we run.

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