The cyclocross season may be coming to a close, but Fulcrum have just launched a range of specific cyclocross wheels for 2013. The CX Collection includes four sets of wheels based on current designs in the Fulcrum range, but are constructed to withstand the rigours of being ridden in dreadful conditions, with better sealed hub bearings.
Each of four wheelsets in the range uses the same Double Gasket hub bearing design, a double seal that better protects the bearings inside the hub from water and mud and should ensure smoother performance for longer. They’ve made this change without a significant increase in weight of the complete wheelsets.
The CX range includes the Red Wind XLR CX, Racing 5 CX, Racing 7 CX and Racing Quattro CX. They CX versions cost about £10 more than the regular wheels on which they’re based.
The Red Wind XLR CX (£1219.99) is the lightest in the lineup at 1610g. It has a 50mm aluminium rim and braking surface, with a carbon fairing. The spokes have self-locking nippes and the hubs have aluminium bodies, with an oversized flange on the driveside of the rear hub.
The Racing Quattro CX is £309.99. We’ve reviewed the regular version of this popular wheel have been very impressed with its ride performance and good value. It has a 35mm aluminium rim profile and weighs 1725g.
The Racing 5 CX (£229.99) and Racing 7 CX (£179.99) weigh 1760g and 1895g respectively. The Racing 5 has a new deeper rim upper bridge for easier clincher fitting and is compatible with up to 35mm tyres.
While the wheels may be aimed at cyclocross riders and racers, we don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be suitable for winter riding. The conditions on the roads can rival that of a cyclocross at times, and the extra bearing protection would be a bonus in such wintery conditions.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.