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Reviews - Fulcrum XLR Red Wind Dark Label
Friday, July 19th, 2013


Fulcrum XLR Red Wind Dark Label


Words by Tim Granshaw


July 2013


Deep carbon racing wheels seem to be a dime-a-dozen. It can be hard to distinguish one set from another because many of the wheels are superficially identical minus their decals. Fulcrum have taken a different direction with their new Fulcrum XLR Red Wind Dark Label clincher wheelset. Do these design and build differences warrant your consideration when choosing a new racing and training wheelset?


As we’ve covered in previous reviews of Fulcrum wheelsets, Fulcrum is a sister company of Campagnolo that targets the Shimano and SRAM wheel aftermarket. This relationship shows in two areas: 1) similar construction between Fulcrum and Campagnolo wheelsets and 2) Campagnolo’s well-known attention to detail and build quality shines through in the Fulcrum line.


Like their sibling, the Campagnolo Bullet 50, the Fulcrum uses a composite carbon construction on an aluminium rim. Similar to other clincher wheels on the market, this ensures a consistent braking response with standard brake pads in all conditions, but adds some weight compared to similarly priced carbon wheels… Read More >






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