Vel 6085 RSL Disc wheelset review

Fast and affordable with the warranty to match, Vel's 6085 RSL wheels bring speed to the masses

Vel 6085 RSL Disc wheels
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A fast, superb value-for-money wheelset


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    Good specification

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    25-34 tyre compatibility

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    Good warranty


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    Lacks visual clout of rivals

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    Brand cachet will take time to build

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Available exclusively through Sigma Sports, Vel is a relatively new brand in the bicycle component game. Known more for its range of cycling accessories - bike lights, pumps and bottles - the company has recently branched out into the highly competitive road wheels space and its offering is comprehensive, to say the least. It also makes a selection of gravel wheels, too.

The line-up comprises two distinct lines - the RS and RSL - and caters exclusively to the disc-brake enthusiast; no rim-brake option here, I'm afraid. The wheels pictured here are the Vel 6085 RSLs, which sit just below the range-topping 85 RSL in terms of hierarchy. Vel hasn't pigeonholed the 6085s into a particular genre, and they can double up as both a road racing and time-trial wheelset.

Buy the Vel 6085 RSL Disc wheels at Sigma Sports

Buy the Vel 6085 RSL Disc wheels at Sigma Sports

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB