Fulcrum Racing Zero Wheelset Review

Fulcrum Racing 0 Fulcrum Racing Zero Wheelset Review

Fulcrum wheels always stand out – those red spokes are unmistakable. And if you are going to get noticed, you might as well mean it, so get yourself the top of the range Fulcrums – the Zero. It’s hard to find anything about the Fulcrum Zero to improve. Low weight, carbon hubs, ceramic bearings, ultra-light spokes – the only thing that could be better is the price. At $1660, these are expensive wheels, and that means expensive components. Break a spoke? Expect to pay $20 to replace it.

Tubeless clincher

The 2010 Fulcrum Zero wheelset comes in a clincher or a tubular version, but if you can’t decide, the 2010 wheelset also comes in a ‘2-way fit’ which means you use tubeless clinchers, which is becoming the way of the future with road wheels, even though mountain bikers have been sold on this design for a while. What’s so great about tubeless clinchers? You can get the performance and low rolling resistance of tubular on race day, but enjoy the convenience of clinchers for those long rides where you don’t want to risk getting stranded after a flat. At 1460 grams for the pair, the tubeless clincher is only a shade heavier than the tubular (1430 grams) or clincher (1435 grams). Whichever you choose, you’re not likely to find a lighter aluminum wheelset.

Road test

At this price, I wouldn’t expect to have any problems with a wheelset. And I didn’t. They rolled smoothly, they react to power in a sprint and accelerate sharply, but climbing is where they really stand out. These wheels want to go fat, up or down a hill. In fact, it was at slow speeds that the wheels could maybe be said to let me down a little. When rolling slowly, the Fulcrum Zeros shudder a little in a crosswind, but once I put the hammer down they were smooth as silk. I thought that I might like a more aero profile for this wheelset, the Fulcrum Zero rolls so smoothly and is so light that I didn’t notice any drag, and the bladed spokes help cut the air too.

Conclusion

There’s not much to fault with the Fulcrum Zero wheelset. It’s an ideal road wheel, and the tubeless clincher design means you can take it out on your training runs too. They roll smoothly, they are featherlight, and yet stiff enough for a finishing sprint. If you hit a crosswind, the wide bladed spokes can give you a bit of wobble at slower speeds, but you probably won’t ever go slow on this wheelset anyway. The only downside is the price, but if you are in the market for the very best racing wheelset, then $1600 is what you’ll have to pay.

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