Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset

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Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset
If you're searching for one road wheelset that can do it all -- be stout enough to ride every day yet light and zippy enough when you've got a hankerin' to race -- then the Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset is the way to go. The front wheel has a slightly shallower rim height (24mm) than the rear (27.5mm) so there's no issues in handling when you're getting buffeted by crosswinds while providing a slightly stiffer rear wheel for optimal power transfer. Aero spokes help you slice through the air and the oversized aluminum hubs are plenty stiff and roll oh so smoothly.
  • Differentiated rim heights between front and rear wheels optimize handling and power transfer
  • Double-butted aero spokes slice through the wind
  • Asymmetric rear rim profile ensures better balancing of spoke tensions between drive and non-drive side
  • Oversized flange on rear hub drive side provides greater torsional stiffness
  • Oversized aluminum hub bodies increase stiffness and reduce weight
  • Bearings in ultra-high quality steel races reduce friction and are easy to adjust
  • Shimano/SRAM 11-speed freehub (includes spacer for 8/9/10-speed cassettes)
Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset
  • WEIGHT 1645g (pair)
  • TIRE SIZE 700c
  • TIRE TYPE Road clincher
  • HUB Fulcrum aluminum
  • SPACING Front: 100mm; Rear: 130mm
  • SPOKES Double-butted steel with aero profile
  • SPOKE COUNT Front: 18; Rear: 20
  • LACING PATTERN Front: Radial; Rear: Radial non-drive, 2 cross drive
  • SKEWERS INCLUDED Yes
  • RIM HEIGHT Front: 24mm; Rear: 27.5mm
  • RIM WIDTH 20.5mm
  • COMPATIBILITY Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11-speed
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED Front/rear skewers, spacer for Shimano/SRAM 9/10-speed cassettes, manual
  • Rating 4.5

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Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (7)
  • Commuting/city (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (7)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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4.0

Great inexpensive wheels

By Timesmart

from East Bay, Northern CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Stiff
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Pawl Spring

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Road Biking

Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

I've only taken these out for a couple of rides so durability is unknown. They ride great, rear hub is quiet and they spin well. I took the advice of another reviewer, buy cheaper wheels, then dump them after awhile. These were a great deal, wait for the addition 20% and they are a real deal.

Negatives include no welded seam, and I weighed the rear against a Fulcrum 7 wheel, it is only a mere 10 grams lighter. I thought it should be a bit lighter. Pawl spring on my 7 wheel disintegrated within 500 miles, all Fulcrum and Campy wheels use this same poor round single spring design. It is easy to repair though.

Positives include a better design than the 7's, pretty red nipples, and a spot on build right out of the box. Like I said earlier, they ride great and more comfortable than my Mavic Ksyriums.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great wheels at a great price

By Bored Ashell

from Arlington, TX

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Very Well Boxed

Cons

  • No Spoke Wrench Included

Best Uses

  • Entry Level Racing
  • Road Biking
  • Training

Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

My bike came with Fulcrum 7s and I wore them out. I wanted something lite at a good price and I got some fulcrum 5 LGs, then wore those out. Then I got these. Fulcrum's are a great wheel, fast, and a good price, but plan on throwing them out after 18 months or about 9k miles. And really I prefer a less expensive wheel that performs well, instead of maintenance on other more expensive wheels over a longer time. A lot of people talk about bomb proof, and its just not worth it IMO. I want performance. And if I trash them, its not a big dent in my wallet to get shiny new ones in perfect condition.

In between I bought some mavic aksium, and I ended up returning them. I'm not sure if I just got bad ones, but they were heavier, less reactive, and it felt like a 360 degree head wind. I would estimate these fulcrums are 10-15% faster. After a weekend of riding I started to get a lot of bearing noise after climbs. Noise was gone as soon as I put the fulcrums on and 500 miles later hasn't come back.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

I would buy this product again

By Tyrone

from Elkhart, IN

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

    I only have 300 miles on wheels these are a replacement for my high end wheels. I used these wheels for a 100 mile ride on country roads they surprised me on the ride. I would buy these wheels again.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice upgrade

    By 3 bikes is the minimum, maybe 4....

    from La Plata, MD

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

      Replaced the original stock ALX298 wheels on my 2006 Allez Elite with these Fulcrum 5s. Fulcrum arrived straight and true right out of the box and feel great on the bike. They're only slightly lighter than the old ALX wheels, but feel appreciably stiffer. Came with the spacer for my 9 speed cassette and worked perfectly - easy swap over. Asymmetric rear rim looks a little weird at first - I thought the valve stem hole had been drilled off-center but it wasn't. Only have a few hundred miles on them, but so far they've been great - I'm 180 lbs and they feel rock solid. A real bargain with the Nashbar discounts, and they look great on my 10 year old Allez!

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great training wheels!!

      By Judy-Extreme

      from Danbury, Ct

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      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

        Great wheel to step up from what comes on a bike. Like that they are durable. Could be lighter but, can't beat the price!!

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        These wheels ride great!

        By TR Rider

        from Troy, MI

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

          I was excited to purchase this wheel set knowing I was getting a wider rim width and hoping that when I weighted them that they came in at the gram weight shown. Well the weight is on par with other sets of this type of construction, and they did weight more than what was claimed. Once I mounted up a set of gatorskins and took them out for a ride I quickly forgot about the weight difference and was impressed with their handling. These wheels are a pleasure to ride on and have taken my sub-20 lb. triple hydroformed frameset ride to a new level.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          As advertised

          By DFW

          from DFW

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Fulcrum Racing 5 Road Wheelset:

            Put these on a new Tarmac. Don't know yet how durable they'll be, but from the performance aspect, they are great for the price. Climb and roll very well. Good so far. Hope they hold up to my 200lbs.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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