Fulcrum Racing Zero 2 Way Wheelset
If you are looking for a great, lightweight aluminum wheel, look no further than the Fulcrum Racing Zero
2 Way Wheelset. The Fulcrum Racing Zero is Fulcrum’s lightest aluminum wheelset. Campagnolo is the manufacturer for Fulcrum’s wheels and in the first year, many pro riders were using them in races (even in the Tour de France!) Fulcrum’s wheels have all of Campagnolo’s ride quality so it is no wonder so many pro riders were using them. Not all of the Fulcrum wheels are made in Italy, but the Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels are made in Italy.
The 2 Way in the name of the Fulcrum Racing Zero denotes the bead of the wheel that can hold clinchers and tubular tires alike. The shape of this bead is slightly different than just a clincher wheel’s bead, since it is developed to work for both clinchers and tubular tires.
Fulcrum uses MoMag technology to allow the rim to be completely air tight, as there are no holes on the inside of the rim. Fulcrum uses a magnet to drag to nipple of the Fulcrum Racing Zero to mate up with the bladed aluminum spoke. The spokes are on a two to one ratio, meaning for every one spoke on the drive side of the rear wheel, there are two on the non-drive side. This creates balance between the two sides, reduces flex and increases the lifetime value of the rim and spokes.
All the spokes are a bladed aluminum. The blades provide great aerodynamics and cross wind protection, as well as being quite stiff. The spokes meet up with a carbon aluminum hub that has the USB Ceramic Bearings. USB stands for Ultra Smooth Bearings in the Fulcrum Racing Zero. Because they are ceramic, they move smoother than your standard stainless steel bearings. They also have a longer life and can go longer without being serviced. The hub comes with either the Shimano/SRAM set up or the Campagnolo set up.
Even though this isn’t the lightest wheelset, it is Fulcrum’s lightest aluminum wheelset at 1460 grams. In order for Fulcrum to have made this a lighter wheelset, they would have had to go with a carbon rim and likely dropped the bladed aluminum spokes and gone for carbon on those as well. They may have lost some of the rigidity in the wheel by doing so and also lost the chance of doing a 2 way fit wheelset. It’s also not themost aerodynamic wheel set around. The dishes aren’t deep enough to create an aerodynamic advantage in a time trial event.
Every part of these wheels is replaceable, so this can be a wheelset that will literally last you a lifetime. The Fulcrum Racing Zero
front wheel has 16 spokes and thre rear wheel has 21 spokes. The front wheel weighs 625 grams and the rear wheel weighs 835 grams. The wheelset comes in either a Shimano/SRAM hub or a Campagnolo 10/11 Hub. These are great racing wheels, though not particularly design to be time trial wheels.
still builds most of their wheels by hand in Italy. With some of their lower end stuff being made in Asia.