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The same qualities that have made the RACING 5 such a popular wheelset in the past combine new elements in order to make an affordable but also race ready wheel.
The new 20 spoke design in addition to the asymmetric rear rim profile offers remarkable performance increases in terms of both increased lateral and torsional rigidity as well as increased reactivity.
The new design allows for more homogenous spoke tensions and makes for a sturdier, higher performing wheelset that weighs in at over 100 grams less than its previous version.
The new rim is wider than before, 17C.
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I replaced the Mavic Aksium that came with my bike because I wanted to use wider rims (17C vs 15C). Pro: * Suberb build quality and overall construction quality. * Less flexy than the Mavics? * Less harsh than the Mavics? (That might simply be because of the rounder/better tyre shape caused by the wider rims, I'm running 28C) * 17mm inner diameter. Not a fake. * Best wheel for 300$ CAD? Cons: * Advertised weight is way off. Mesured at 790g + 970g => 1760g. Sure it's with the included rim tape, but that's 100g more than advertised price. I knew this already from other reviews, so I'm not disappointed, but BEWARE if you are buying those wheels to shed weight. * Pretty average stickers color and design (I removed them already) You can get better wheels I'm sure, but for the price it's a great choice.
So let me be clear I'm a 52 year old who really likes cycling for fitness and pleasure. I am not a racer by any means. I got these as part of a major upgrade to my old and out of date Giant SCR 3.0 and oh my goodness how they changed my ride. Fitted them with Conti GP-4000s II in 25C and they roll beautifully. They helped knock up my speed today by 3.5kph over my 32Km route. Highly recommend for those that want a decent wheel set (IMHO) for a good price.
I purchased these after buying a 7 LG set for my other bike. The wheels are trued and round to perfection. I didn't realize how good the bearing where until I was following in a group of riders down hill when I was shocked to find myself catching up to them while coasting and they were pedaling. I had to break several times so as not to run into the back of them. Can't say enough good things about Fulcrum - super wheel-set.
Is this wheel set compatible with 9 speed?
I bought these wheels to upgrade the stock Maddux 3.0's on my Cannondale Synapse. I paired them with Vittoria Pro G+ tires. The combination produced an immediate improvement to my bike. This is particularly evident when climbing. I am small and light (160cm and 60kg) and the lower rotational weight is very evident. Delivery was very fast, arriving on the west coast of Canada from the U.K. 4 days sooner than promised. Very impressed.