Fulcrum, Campagnolo’s wheel sub-brand, have announced a new model for the 2013 line-up in the shape of the Racing Quattros.
We saw these all-round wheels – ‘all-round’ in the sense that they can handle a bit of everything rather than that they’re circular; you can take that as read – very briefly last week when we reported from the UK launch of the 2013 Wilier range.
The Quattros are alloy clinchers that come with 35mm-deep aerodynamic rims. The alloy hubs feature fully sealed cartridge bearings while the flange on the driveside at the rear is Fulcrum’s Mega Drive design – it’s very tall so the spokes can be shorter on that side. The idea is to increase stiffness and add efficiency.
The stainless steel aero spokes are straight-pull – 16 at the front and 21 at the rear. They’re housed using Fulcrum’s Anti-rotation System which is designed, as the name suggests, to stop them moving. It’s intended to keep spokes at their initial tension and correctly aligned for the best aerodynamics. It’s no good having flat, aero spokes if they spin side-on to the wind.
Fulcrum give a weight of 1,710g - which is competitive - and they’ll cost £299.99 a set. If you’d like to order a pair, check out the dealers on the website of Fulcrum’s UK distributor, i-ride.
We have a set coming to Road.cc so standby for a review in the next few weeks.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.