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Fulcrum wheels are immensely popular, both as original equipment on complete new bikes and when bought after market. The range is broad and a little complicated so here’s our guide to navigating it.

Fulcrum is a sub-brand of Italian component manufacturer Campagnolo. It makes wheels that are compatible with Shimano/SRAM systems as well as with Campag’s own products.

This isn't a test, although we do reference our reviews where relevant. This is simply an overview of the range to tell you what's what and help you decide what's most suitable for you.

Prices are for wheels with Shimano/SRAM-compatible freehubs.

Racing 7 — £114.99

The Racing 7 is Fulcrum’s most affordable wheelset, at an RRP of £189.99. It comes with machined aluminium rims that have a 23mm external width and a 17mm internal width, suitable for tyre widths of 25mm to 32mm.

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The rear rim is 27.5mm deep while the front one is 24.5mm, the idea being to add extra stiffness at the back without affecting the handling at the front. The rear rim is also asymmetric, designed to allow the better balancing of spoke tensions between the driveside and non driveside. The driveside hub flange is oversized to add more rigidity.

The wheelset weight is a claimed 1,763g.

Like all Fulcrum wheels, these are available with either a Shimano/SRAM or a Campagnolo freehub.

Buy if: You’re after a reliable, no-frills wheel for everyday riding and training.

Racing 7 DB 2Way-Fit — £159.99

Fulcrum Racing 7 DB pair

Fulcrum Racing 7 DB pair

Fulcrum has dirt riding in mind with the disc-brake version of the Racing 7. It boasts rims with a 19mm internal width to work with tyres up to 62mm wide, and hubs that can be easily adapted to work with the various quick-release and through-axle standards.

Because the rims are shallower than the regular Racing 7's the claimed weight ends up slightly lower at 1,740g.

The  2Way-Fit designation indicates that the Racing 7 DB works with tubeless tyres, but there's a catch: Fulcrum says only Schwalbe Pro One and G-One tyres should be used with any of its  2Way-Fit (Road) wheels. They're great tyres, but Fulcrum really needs to tweak the design for greater flexibility.

Read our review of the Racing 7 DB  2Way-Fit wheels

Buy if: You want tough, fairly light wheels for your gravel bike — and you really like Schwalbe tyres

Racing 6 — £188.61

Fulcrum Racing 6 pr

Fulcrum Racing 6 pr

The Racing 6 is very similar to the Racing 7 but has an over-sized, drilled-out, drive-side flange on the rear wheel. Fulcrum's website in fact no longer lists the rim-brake Racing 7 at all, so the Racing 6 looks to effectively replace that model in the range. Like the Racing 7, the rims are 23mm wide (17mm internal) and slightly deeper on the rear wheel: 27.5mm v 24.5mm up front.

Fulcrum claims a pair of Racing 6 wheels weighs 1,760g.

Buy if: You want reliable, no-frills wheels for everyday riding and training.

Racing 6 DB  2Way-Fit — £219.99

Fulcrum Racing 6 DB pr

Fulcrum Racing 6 DB pr

The disc-brake version of the Racing 6 has a claimed weight of 1,690g a pair, shaving 50g off the Racing 7 DB thanks to 26mm tall rims with 17mm internal width. These are therefore more road-orientated than the Racing 7 DB.

Buy if: You want very sensibly priced disc-brake wheels for the road, and don't mind the Schwalbe-only rule.

Racing 5 — £194.99

When we reviewed the Racing 5s (RRP £289.99) we said, “They're strong and not too heavy, and have shrugged off months of wet miles with nary a whimper.”

Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset

Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset

Rather than round spokes, the Racing 5s come with double-butted steel spokes that are aero profiled – in other words, they’re flattened to reduce drag. They’re also straight-pull – there’s no bend.

Check out our Fulcrum Racing 5 review

A £233.33 disc brake version of the Racing 5 (RRP: £349.99) is also available. As well as the ability to take rotors (6 bolt or Fulcrum’s AFS – Axial Fixing System – design), the wheels have disc-specific rims with a 24.5mm external width for the easier fitting of fatter tyres. As with other disc-braked, tubeless-compatible wheels from Fulcrum those tyres will have to be Schwalbe if you're going tubeless.

Read our review of the Fulcrum Racing 5 DB 2Way-Fit wheels

Buy if: You want solid commuting or training wheels that roll well and don't cost the earth.

Racing 4 — £249.99

Formerly known as Quattros, a name now reserved for a carbon fibre wheelset, Racing 4s (RRP: £329.99) have deeper rims than the cheaper Fulcrum wheels: 35mm. The idea is to improve aerodynamics and “increase torsional and lateral stiffness compared with a conventional profile, for improved high speed stability.”

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The 21 rear spokes are arranged according to what Fulcrum calls its 2:1 Two-to-One system, with 14 on the driveside and 7 on the non-driveside. Fulcrum says that this limits the loss of rim tension when you pedal.

“Slackening and torsion are limited and the transfer of the athlete’s power is much more effective,” it says.

Fulcrum claims a wheelset weight of 1,725g.

When we reviewed the Racing Quattros we said, “A lot of wheel for not a lot of money. Fast and durable, a great all-rounder.”

Check out our Fulcrum Racing 4 review.

Buy if: You’re looking for something that’s strong and durable with a little extra rim depth.

Racing 4 DB 2Way-Fit — £249.99

Fulcrum Racing 4 DB pr

Fulcrum Racing 4 DB pr

The disc-brake version of the Racing 4 has 35mm deep disc-specific rims and a claimed weight of 1,690g. Like most of Fulcrum's disc-brake wheels it uses what Fulcrum calls Monoblock Hub For Disc tech, in which stiffening ribs inside the hub convey braking forces to the tangential drive-side spokes to reduce twist on the rotor side.

Buy if: You want semi-aero wheels for your disc-braked bike.

Racing 3 — £419.99

Racing 3s (RRP: £600) are quite a lot lighter than Quattros (the claimed wheelset weight is 1,560g) partly because of shallower rims – the front is 26mm, the rear is 30mm. The latest version gets an upgrade to rims with 17mm internal width to accommodate wider tyres.

Fulcrum Racing 3 wheelset

Fulcrum Racing 3 wheelset

 

Fulcrum no longer lists a 2Way-Fit version of the Racing 3, but they're still available from retailers and at £469.99 they're the cheapest rim-braked tubeless wheels Fulcrum offers. That means you can fit either standard clinchers or go tubeless because there are no holes in the rim.

Check out Road Tubeless: Everything You Need To Know and also our Buyer’s Guide To Tubeless Tyres.

When we reviewed the 2-Way Fit version on road.cc, we called it, “A good wheel choice if you're taking the tubeless plunge – responsive, strong and well-made. Stylish too.”

Buy if: You’d like stiff and responsive wheels for training, sportives, and even racing duties.

Read our review of the Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit wheels

Racing Zero — £625.50

It’s a large step up in price to the Racing Zero (RRP £799.99), but this is a high-level aluminium wheelset with a 25mm-deep front rim, 30mm-deep rear rim, carbon front hub body, and USB ceramic bearings. Fulcrum claims these are 30% lighter, 40% more resistant, and 50% smoother than standard steel bearings.

The Zero wheelset is light at a claimed 1,495g.

Fulcrum no longer lists the 2Way-Fit rim-brake version of the Racing Zero (£517.49), but there are still a few in retailers.

Fulcrum has applied a treatment to the rims of the £729.99 Racing Zero Nite (RRP £1,049.99) that was unveiled a couple of years ago.

Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite 04

Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite 04

“The Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation process both hardens the metal, increasing its resistance to wear, [and creates] a surface that improves braking performance in both wet and dry conditions,” says Fulcrum.

Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite 21

Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite 21

Buy if: You’d like a lightweight aluminium wheelset and are prepared to pay for high performance.

Racing Zero Competizione 2Way-Fit — £749.99

Fulcrum Racing Zero Competizione pr

Fulcrum Racing Zero Competizione pr

Here's Fulcrum throwing almost all their technologies at a set of high-end go-faster aluminium wheels. They feature 2Way-Fit, 6082 T6 aluminium rims, hubs with carbon-fibre centre sections, CULT ceramic bearings, plasma-treated freehub body and weigh a claimed 1,475g. The rear rim is 30mm deep, the front 27mm and both have 17mm internal width.

Buy if: You want light, fast wheels with a splash of colour.

Racing Zero DB 2Way-Fit — £909.89

Fulcrum Racing Zero DB pr

Fulcrum Racing Zero DB pr

With 19mm internal-width rims and a claimed weight of just £1,590g these are Fulcrum's entry in the high-end do-everything wheels category. The rims are made from high-strength 6082 T6 aluminium, joined to the hubs with aluminium spokes, and like the rim-brake version they roll on USB ceramic bearings.

Buy if: You want light, modern tubeless-compatible disc-braked wheels

Red Wind — £713.25

The Red Wind wheels are an aero lineup with structural carbon rims and an aluminium braking surface, which is always better than braking on carbon.

The most basic Red Wind wheelset (RRP £924.99) comes with 50mm deep rims and so does the £1,042.28 XLR 50, the difference being that the more expensive wheels come with Fulcrum’s CULT (Ceramic Ultimate Level Technology) bearings. These use corrosion-resistant steel races and no grease in order to keep the rolling resistance low. Weight of the Red Wind XLR 50 is a claimed 1,590g.

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Racing Quattro Carbon — £849

The Racing Quattro Carbon wheelset (RRP £999.99) is designed to be aerodynamically efficient and reasonably light, weighing a claimed 1,555g. It has 40mm deep carbon-fibre rims that are 24.2mm wide to support tyres from 25mm to 32mm.

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As with Fulcrum’s other non-disc carbon-rimmed wheels, the Racing Quattro Carbon has a 3Diamant surface treatment on the braking tracks. This is machining that, according to Fulcrum, “Eliminates the imperfections caused by the non-homogenous resin deposits and allows the brake pad to work directly on the woven carbon fibres.” The idea is to improve the braking performance in both wet and dry conditions.

The Racing Quattro Carbon is also available in a disc version (£928.20, RRP £1,199.99). When we reviewed them we described these wheels as “Light, fast, stiff and strong, and very, very versatile.” However, unlike other disc-brake Fulcrum wheels they're not tubeless compatible.

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Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon DB wheelset.jpg

Read our review of Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon Disc wheels.

Buy if: You’re after lightweight and stiff wheels in a versatile depth.

Racing Zero Carbon — £1,199.99

The Racing Zero Carbon Clincher combines 30mm-deep/24.5mm wide carbon rims with aluminium aero spokes and carbon bodied hubs. The bearings are USB ceramic. The wheelset has a claimed weight of just 1,358g but the pair's supposed to cost a hefty £1,799.99.

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon Road Wheels.jpg

Buy if: You want high-quality carbon wheels in a shallow depth.

Speed series

Fulcrum's top-end hoops, the Speed wheelsets have all-carbon aero rims for racing and against-the-clock efforts. There are five models of spoked wheel, plus the Speed 360 one-piece disc rear wheel.

Speed 40C — £1,336.63

Fulcrum Speed 40C pair

Fulcrum Speed 40C pair

The Fulcrum Speed 40C wheels offer buttery smooth ceramic bearings, stable rims and brilliant braking thanks to a what Fulcrum calls AC3 — All Conditions Carbon Control. They spin up effortlessly, handle well on windy days and weigh just 1,420g a pair. The only thing not to like is the price.

There's also a £1,782.47 tubular version — Speed 40T — which weighs just 1,213g a pair.

Read our review of the Speed 40C wheels

Read our review of the Speed 40T wheels

Buy if: you're racing or going fast really matters to you, and it's hilly or windy

Speed 55C — £1,604.13

Fulcrum Speed 55C pr

Fulcrum Speed 55C pr

As above, but with 55mm deep rims for better aerodynamics. At a claimed 1,470g they don't surrender much to the Speed 40C wheels though we'd expect them to be a bit more susceptible to getting knocked off course in side-winds.

You can also get the 55C rear wheel in a pair with a 40C front for £1,572.76. Claimed weight is 1,450g.

If you prefer to glue on your tyres, there's a tubular version for £1,679.99 — Speed 55T — which weighs a claimed 1,280g a pair.

Disc brakes and tubulars? No problem. You want the Speed 55T DB you do. New stopping tech meets traditional tyres will set you back £1,691.66 and the pair is claimed to weigh 1395g.

Buy if: You're racing

Speed 360T — £2,999.99

Fulcrum Speed 360T

Fulcrum Speed 360T

Finally, for those whose need for speed is only outstripped by the depth of their pockets, there's the 360T rear disc.

Buy if: You're racing against the clock and want to be ready for that perfect float morning

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dottigirl [819 posts] 2 years ago
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You missed one:

Racing 5.5

The b*stard OEM stepson of the 7, 5, and Something Else. Supplied with many new bikes. Freehub has internal pawls unlike all other Fulcrum products, and when it inevitably packs up (excess play in the bearings - you may assume it's a loose cassette at first), will cost more to replace than the wheels are worth.

 

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reippuert [93 posts] 2 years ago
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"partly because of shallower rims" - hardly, the main reason for the reduced weight in Racing 3 (Zonda) is the Record hubs with its angular contact ball bearing design and hollow oversize aluminum axles..  Best hubdesign out there even though it dates back to 1999.

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JumboJuice [35 posts] 2 years ago
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You failed to mention Racing Quattro Carbon DB... complete guide? come on...

edit: my bad, you've got a photo...

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mylesrants [404 posts] 2 years ago
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or just buy Campag Zondas, £280 atm on wiggle and BOMB proof AND 1550grms!

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CyberTonTo72 [21 posts] 2 years ago
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But what if I'm 120kg+ and I want to get a good set of wheels?

 

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srchar [925 posts] 2 years ago
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What about the LG versions of the alloy wheelsets? Wider for your comfort.

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Vejnemojnen [287 posts] 2 years ago
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CyberTonTo72 wrote:

But what if I'm 120kg+ and I want to get a good set of wheels?

 

get racing 3 or 4.  1 a friend of mine uses Racing1 with 130kgs, since 20k km-s, the only annoyance is to re-set the pre-tensioning of the bearings every 3k km.

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DrJDog [472 posts] 2 years ago
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I've been commuting for over 4 years on a set of Racing 5s and (touch wood) they are bombproof.

 

I'm not sure if that means they are ridiculously overengineered for a set of racing wheels..

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graybags [101 posts] 2 years ago
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My racing quattros were junk after a winter and a half, despite always cleaning the braking surface, plus the bearings on the front one were about as much use as the proverbial chocolate teapot. And of course they are not economic to repair, so off to the tip they went. Had the same wear issues with a Zonda wheelset on another bike. Just had a nice cheap wheelset built for me by my local cycle mechanic that can be re-built as and when necessary

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Chasseur Patate [151 posts] 2 years ago
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graybags wrote:

My racing quattros were junk after a winter and a half, despite always cleaning the braking surface, plus the bearings on the front one were about as much use as the proverbial chocolate teapot. And of course they are not economic to repair, so off to the tip they went. Had the same wear issues with a Zonda wheelset on another bike. Just had a nice cheap wheelset built for me by my local cycle mechanic that can be re-built as and when necessary

 

What are you doing to them?  I've had a pair of Scirroccos since 2012 that have been raced to death and abused heavily over four winters that are still going strong. Never had a problem of any kind with Fulcrum or Campag wheelsets and I'm not friendly to my kit.

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DrG82 [243 posts] 2 years ago
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Although it's stated in the separate review for the racing 5s people should be reminded about the ridiculous ~100 g difference between the claimed weight and actual weight on the shimano hub.

I thought I was getting a super bargain 1,650 g wheelset when I bought some racing 5s (without having read the road.cc review first  2 ) but only really got average and to add to this the bearings in both wheels were pretty gritty straight out of the box which doesn't bode well for the future.

Fulcrum's responce to my question about the weight claim disparity was piss poor.

 

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matthewn5 [1207 posts] 2 years ago
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My Fulcrum Racing 5s from 2014 weighed an actual 1720g, but frankly I never notice as they're so stiff that they feel incredibly lively and fast. From 2014 the 5 has the 17mm alloy axle and Record design hubs, though with cartridge bearings. There's more to a wheel than light weight.

 

All Fulcrum Racing 5s and 7s are now LG - they've dropped the narrow rim from the lineup.

 

In my experience Fulcrum/Campag hubs are the best engineered out there. Incredibly easy to service with just a couple of simple tools.

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LeighNichol [27 posts] 2 years ago
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Also missing are Fulcrum Racing Sport, £120 in some places. I had some as the stock wheels on my Supersix. Fair enough that they're not on the list, they're absolute dogshit.

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daturaman [34 posts] 1 year ago
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dottigirl wrote:

You missed one:

Racing 5.5

The b*stard OEM stepson of the 7, 5, and Something Else. Supplied with many new bikes. Freehub has internal pawls unlike all other Fulcrum products, and when it inevitably packs up (excess play in the bearings - you may assume it's a loose cassette at first), will cost more to replace than the wheels are worth.

 

Now known as the Racing 77.

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Sub4 [72 posts] 1 year ago
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dottigirl wrote:

You missed one:

Racing 5.5

The b*stard OEM stepson of the 7, 5, and Something Else. Supplied with many new bikes. Freehub has internal pawls unlike all other Fulcrum products, and when it inevitably packs up (excess play in the bearings - you may assume it's a loose cassette at first), will cost more to replace than the wheels are worth.

 

These are Racing Sport variants supplied as OEM

The freehubs are terrible & I've never managed to remove one successfully (which is a pity, since it's my job...)...

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timtak [66 posts] 1 year ago
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dottigirl wrote:

The freehubs are terrible & I've never managed to remove one successfully (which is a pity, since it's my job...)...

Oh, thank you. There are some racing 7s on sale cheap without a freehub. My racing 5s are at the end of their rim life. I was hoping to move the freehub (compatible between racing 5s and 7s apparently) accross but, it is not my job.

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dottigirl [819 posts] 1 year ago
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Sub4 wrote:
dottigirl wrote:

You missed one:

Racing 5.5

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The b*stard OEM stepson of the 7, 5, and Something Else. Supplied with many new bikes. Freehub has internal pawls unlike all other Fulcrum products, and when it inevitably packs up (excess play in the bearings - you may assume it's a loose cassette at first), will cost more to replace than the wheels are worth.

 

These are Racing Sport variants supplied as OEM

The freehubs are terrible & I've never managed to remove one successfully (which is a pity, since it's my job...)...

I have.
One vice, the tyre left on and two rounded off hex keys later though. Made one hell of a noise. I YouTubed it. Got a comment since that you can service/replace the bearings without removing the freehub. Grrr.

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alotronic [574 posts] 1 year ago
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As above on the 5.5s....

There is a disc set that is called Racing Sport DB that comes standard OEM on some bikes (like my old Datum). These wheels are strong - and heavy - but they have a very annoying lag in take up which makes them Not Very Pleasant to ride. Avoid if you can, or budget to replace. Mine will go on the commuter now. Replaced with some DT Swiss R24 (cheapest dt disc wheels) and these are a vast improvement.

Had R5 CX and they have been utterly reliable and bombproof. If Fulcrum did a R3 disc then that would be good.

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srchar [925 posts] 1 year ago
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Why pay all that for Racing 3s when Zondas are identical and over £100 cheaper?

My Zondas have done 10,000km in all weathers, have never needed truing and still have loads of rim life left.  I've regreased the hubs twice.  Best wheels ever.

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guildwheeler [32 posts] 1 year ago
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Am I missing something here but just ordered Campag Vento wheelset with weight claimed to be 1660g for the princely sum of £165. Beginning to think I've secured a bargain when compared to these?

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Dr_Lex [474 posts] 1 year ago
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guildwheeler wrote:

Am I missing something here but just ordered Campag Vento wheelset with weight claimed to be 1660g for the princely sum of £165. Beginning to think I've secured a bargain when compared to these?

 

Sounds like  http://road.cc/content/review/110806-campagnolo-vento-asymmetric-wheels

"Stiff, smooth rolling quality training wheel, soft rims mean that they aren't ideal for winter miles though."

 

 

Oh, and another wheel omitted, but probably not one sold separately- Racing 4: apparently the hub from 5 and the rim from 3. 

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DrG82 [243 posts] 1 year ago
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Following up from my coment about my Racing 5s above where I was concerned about the quality of the bearings. It turnes out I was correct in my guess that they wouldn't last long as after relatively little use I've recently had to replace the freehub bearings and the front hub bearings.

It turns out that they use poor quality single side sealed cartridge bearings and really rubbish grease that's no more durable than vaseline so water gets in and the grease is washed out easily and then the bearings corrode.

I've replaced the bearings with ABEC3s and packed them with quality grease so lets see if they last any longer.

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AndrewD [1 post] 1 year ago
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Great wheels let down by poor build!

I  recently purchased a Fulcrum Quattro LG wheelset as I have been really impressed with my Campag Sirrocco's and wanted a spare setup ready to go with a larger cluster for my hillier rides. The road.cc  Fulcrum review also helped the decision. 

The Fulcrum's have a 17mm internal rim width while my Campags run a narrower 15mm otherwise I would have another set of Campags. The wider rims appear to better seat 25mm tyres. Unfortunately, the Quattro's don't have the cool looking G3 rear spoke pattern, but in all other respects appear built from identical parts.

Right from the outset the wheels didn't feel right. Spinning them on the stand they'd stop after a half dozen or so turns. Spinning the rear seemed to shake the bike far more they I would expect. On the road the bike just didnt run as freely as my Campags and this proved to be the case when, after 3 rides on my regular training routes, the Garmin showed my average speeds were down by 1 to 1.5 kmph. 

Back to the retailer who claimed with great authority that they just needed to be run in and that it was because manufacturers always overload bearings with grease. He reluctantltly agreed to have someone "look" at them but with so little interest I decided to leave it (I didnt feel pursuing consumer rights would achieve any great outcome but posting my story on our cycling club Facebook page did make me fell better and several of their employees are club members so word will get back). Instead I took them to a specialist wheel builder. He spun the wheels up agreeing they didnt run at all smoothly. He quickly removed the bearings, which he said were far too tight, then observed that it appeared there was no sign of "any" lube. 

I picked them up yesterday and "wow" they now spin forever (well nearly) and no wobble after a retentioning of the spokes. On the road thismorning they felt fast and my average speed was actually a little quicker than my Campags which I put down to a better tyre fit which also seemed to add a little to comfort. In all other respects they offer the same stiff feel as the Campags which translates into quick acceleration and no appaerent flexing evident on the factory wheels which originally came with the bike.

The take away is that Fulcrum/Campag are volume manufacturers so builds are likely to be compromised. That said these wheels are now fantastic and even after adding in the cost of the bespoke rebuild they compare favourably with much higher end and significantly more expensive wheel sets.

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drosco [428 posts] 1 year ago
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I had poor reliability with the two Fulcrum wheelsets I've owned, some Quattros and Racing 7s. They were used for a commute and both freehubs failed the same way within a year. Granted they had a reasonably tough life, but would have expected better. I won't be buying another set. 

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Tjuice [260 posts] 1 year ago
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I've had some Racing 5s since 2010.  They came on my summer/race bike and when I upgraded to some deep rim Planet X carbons, I put them on my winter bike.  They see lots of miles often in poor weather, on the pothole-filled roads around Oxfordshire and are still fantastic.  Admittedly, I don't have to brake all that much (I choose routes that avoid traffic) and rinse them down with the hose after mucky rides, but they still run smoothly and totally true.  Pretty hard to fault them really.  I expect they will last me many more years.

I was on the verge of buying some racing zeros when I upgraded the wheels on the race bike, but then discovered the sub-1400g planet X 50mm deep tubulars for significantly less money and bought those instead.

I would happily buy Fulcrums again.

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DrG82 [243 posts] 1 year ago
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Tjuice wrote:

I've had some Racing 5s since 2010.  They came on my summer/race bike and when I upgraded to some deep rim Planet X carbons, I put them on my winter bike.  They see lots of miles often in poor weather, on the pothole-filled roads around Oxfordshire and are still fantastic.  Admittedly, I don't have to brake all that much (I choose routes that avoid traffic) and rinse them down with the hose after mucky rides, but they still run smoothly and totally true.  Pretty hard to fault them really.  I expect they will last me many more years.

I was on the verge of buying some racing zeros when I upgraded the wheels on the race bike, but then discovered the sub-1400g planet X 50mm deep tubulars for significantly less money and bought those instead.

I would happily buy Fulcrums again.

Are your hubs cartridge or cup+cone bearings? I noticed that they have changed at some point as the roadCC review above states they are cup and cone yet mine are certainly cartridge and I was wondering if the older cup and cones were better sealed and more reliable.

My fulcrum wheels with cartridge bearings get a fairly gentle life but have caused trouble, yet the cheap shimano 501s  with cup and cone bearings on my commuter bike get a pasting in all sorts of crap weather and very rarely get any love have been going well for years.

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STATO [551 posts] 5 months ago
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road.cc

You really need to stop reguritating old articles by just making a few changes and putting a new date on it, but leaving all the comments.

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Disfunctional_T... [315 posts] 5 months ago
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The Racing 0, 1, and 3's use cup-and-cone bearings with fifteen 5/32" balls. The freehub uses two 6803 cartridge bearings. The cheaper models of Fulcrums (i.e. 5, 5.5, 7, Quattro) use all cartridge bearings instead of cup-and-cone bearings.

The rim beds of the 0, 1, 3 models have no spoke holes, so no rim tape is needed.
I have found my Racings 3's to be very reliable, though I have just now replaced the freehub bearings which got corroded and nasty. To replace the freehub bearings, you need a blind bearing extractor (Wheels Manufacturing), circlip pliers of the appropriate size, and a bearing press (made from parts from the hardware store). Or you can buy a whole new freehub unit for about $100 that has bearings pre-installed.

The Campagnolo Zonda's are very similar to the Racing 3's but are 17mm internal, and can often be found cheaper. (NOTE: There is now a 2018 Fulcrum Racing 3 C17 which is 17 mm internal width.)

I wish they would bump up the width to around 19 or 20 mm internal. And I wish they would make both rims at least 30 mm deep. All and all, the Racing 3's / Zonda's are excellent rims for the price.

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Devastazione [49 posts] 3 months ago
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Old article and they didn't even bother to remove old comments. Fulcrum Racing Speed are missinig anyway...lame

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Bigfoz [153 posts] 3 months ago
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CyberTonTo72 wrote:

But what if I'm 120kg+ and I want to get a good set of wheels?

 

 

Campag Khamsin (equivalent of Fulcrim 7s) or Campag Vento (Equivalent to the 5s?) I've ridden them  for years - one pair for almost 10 years of commuting. Completely gone now as the rims are almost paper thin after 10 years of mucky Scottish and North East London commuting . Ofrficially rated to 82kgs laod per the manual, I've been as high as 123Kg, plus panniers without issue. Never had one go out of true, utterly bomb proof. I bought my first Fulcrums yesterday, so can't comment as yet. They're replacing those old Vento 3Gs. The Khamsin 3G is the same wheel  as the original Vento 3G from 10 years ago, the Khamsin assymetric looks almost identical to the Fulcrum 7s.

 

Edit: I can't count 2005 to 2018 is actually 13years of commuting!

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