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  • RayG

    Let’s see. Not particularly aero. Not particularly light. Not particularly easy to stop. Why would I pay $1799 for these, again?

    • Legstrong

      But… but… They are Italian made bruh…

    • vasile

      800 euro on offer…

  • brett

    I genuinely think CTips reviews are quite often the best. Thanks for the honesty and also providing a same brand option. It’s blatant some other sites are just using a review as a sales pitch, and although I’m not buying these wheels, I’d never contemplated the Racing Zero’s.. So either way, Fulcrum still get one up even if it’s ‘just’ a 7.4 review..

  • Eat More Lard

    I don’t see the point of carbon clinchers unless you are going disc brakes. Everyone seems to be producing them nowadays. For shallower section rims, more $$$s, no less weight and the increased chance of overheating a rim/tube vs good old alloy clinchers. Am I missing something? They do look and sound cool, though….

    • pedr09

      I’ve been riding a set of full carbon 50mm clinchers for 5 years now and from my very first ride, I knew I’d never go back to alloy or even alloy brake surface wheels. They’re light, aero and have never given me a moment’s grief. I’ve ridden them everywhere, in strong winds and wet descents in the Vic alps without any concerns. I also love how the carbon brake track stays relatively clean. I wipe them once with a rag and they are spotless. No matter how many times I wiped the brake track on my alloy wheels, the black shit just kept coming.

  • Jim

    Be interesting to hear how they compare to the alloy quattro LG.

    • Very interesting comparison. The Quattro LG is heavier and sits at the lower end of Fulcrum’s alloy rim range, so what does a carbon rim do to its performance? I haven’t ridden the Quattro LG so I can’t answer this one from experience, but it’s fair to say that the Carbon Quattro demands a big premium to enjoy ~230g weight saving.

      • roklando

        I ride the Quattro alloys, done about 5,000kms on them and they are a great everyday wheelset: not too heavy, comfortable, look nice, and a pretty competitive price, also as you mention not substantially heavier then the carbons. I’m very happy with them. Having said this I’ve never ridden a carbon wheel!

  • Paolo

    “… but there was some hesitation on the slopes that was most obvious on steep grades.” Maybe that’s been due to your legs and not the wheels ;-)? Anyway, i’ve been riding Campagnolo wheels for the last 15 years and never had any issues or repair whatsoever with them. Ok, one small issue with a Khamsin rear wheel on the commuter after 2 years of use, but even here, for a $140 wheel set you can’t get anything better.

    • I’ve yet to ride a bike or set of wheels that have ever transformed my climbing abilities, especially on a “slow” day, but I have a set of Bora Ultra 35 tubulars as one of my reference wheelsets, and they never hesitate!

      • Fan

        How does it compare to the Bora 35s? I was thinking of getting a set of these for the convenience of clinchers & the better brake track, but maybe I’ll just stick with my old Bora 50s.

        • It’s not a fair comparison really, but the Bora 35s are much lighter and more versatile with very sexy hubs and bearings. Have a look at the Bora One 35.

          • Andrew

            Hi Matt, can pick up the Fulcrums around 1270 and Boras 35s at 2000 plus. Are the boras that much better??? Thanks

            • They will be if you get the tubular version. Harder argument for the clinchers since the difference in weight is only ~100g.

  • Roger That

    Brief: photograph some wheels, try and make the shots interesting but the focus has to be on the wheels. There is no real budget so no flights, hotels, models or catering. A great, simple shoot. Nice work.

    • Thanks. It’s like panning for gold though. I normally map out a couple of spots but there’s no storyboard. I let the light and terrain guide me. Sometimes it happens easily, other times it’s hard. Wheels tend to be hard because they are so prone to falling over!

  • Ritch

    On serviceability, can you try changing a spoke and re-trueing the wheel or maybe remove the bearings and put them back in? This would give a sense of how easily serviceable they are. If you have to send the wheel back to get those things done, then it scores zero.

    • Ritch

      oops looks like you already did the bearings, axle and freehub. my bad.

      • The straight-pull spokes can be a little difficult to replace at short notice but at least you’re not locked into a proprietary design. A CX-Ray or Aerolite will do the job.

  • Alex L

    Great, honest review with excellent photography as always. One gripe though: how does one adjust the preload on a set of [radial] cartridge bearings?

    • Fair point, Alex. “Nevertheless, a locking dust cover threads onto each axle of the Quattro hubs so that the amount of play in the axle can be adjusted.”

    • Sean Doyle

      This is the big engineering issue I see with wheels these days. A lot are built with bearings that are designed primarily for radial loads and a very small axial load. A proper design would be angular contact but they are bigger and heavier and god forbid we add a few grams to have a better design.

  • FJ

    So what I read is that my SL23 rimmed wheels are just as aero, lighter, better braking (alloy), less susceptible to cross winds, and one hell of a lot cheaper. Sure, they don’t look as good, but $1800 also look pretty nice in my wallet

    I think I’ll pass, thanks CT!

  • winkybiker

    No actual advantages over lower priced alloy wheelsets, but hey, at least they’re expensive.

  • Murpho

    I upgraded to these wheels from a pair of Racing 3’s and my experience is somewhat better than this review would imply.
    I run 25mm Schwalbe One tyres and find that these wheels provide an incremental increased in speed (say 3-5k’s) once over 40kph. Below that, no noticeable difference. The rim feels lighter than my alloy wheels. Lastly, I actually found them to be less susceptible to crosswinds than the Racing 3’s. Of course the usual caveats about braking apply – particularly in the wet, as I found out descending into Akuna a couple of weeks ago.
    Are they overpriced relative to the improvement they bring? Probably. So is every other high end product in road cycling!

    • Ragtag

      Very useful. Thanks.

  • owenthomson

    Braking performance was generally good but
    we did experience vibration for the first few miles and, after a short
    period of bedding in, we could still feel a slight vibration under
    exceptionally hard braking too.
    Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/wheels/3t-accelero-40-team#WZxkxYAh2pfHgyYB.99

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  • vasile

    the wheels are build in romanian factory… better than china anyway…

  • Drongo_dilla

    has anyone been running these tubeless with success?

    Want to give it a crack but with Fulcrum claiming they’re not tubeless ready, I’m a little hesitant.

    • Sunny Ape

      A few people have tried them tubeless and it wasn’t a problem. Seems they are tubeless by coincidence, not by design.

      • robmif76

        Can you recommend a valve that would be suitable? I’ve taken my wheels to my LBS to fit tubeless on them and he couldn’t find tubeless valves good enough for them. It seems the valve hole on these wheels is wider than normal.


  • Chris

    Just a question about tyre choice and this review- have you ridden the Clement tyres before on other rims? They don’t have a particularly good rolling resistance or speed review, and I was curious to see whether this may have played a part in the performance aspect of this review- a slow tyre can easily overshadow an aero benefit, for example.


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