29 June 2020

The family grows and so does the performance.

Exploring B-roads along quiet secondary paved and unpaved roads, with some off-road sections thrown in for fun, on drop bar bikes and wider tyres is something that we know and love here at Fulcrum. For years we have been designing, testing and pedalling the best wheels for paved and unpaved sectors. All this experience has prepared us to provide specific solutions for people that enjoy exploring with their bikes, guaranteeing quality, reliability and performance. 
The world of gravel, however, is not easily defined. Every cyclist has their own way of doing things. It is with this versatility in mind that we have developed the new Rapid Red 3, the result of our in-depth knowhow developed over many years in both sectors, road and off-road.  

The new Rapid Reds, created from a completely new project, are perfectly at home on mixed terrain. Constructed completely with a machined CNC aluminum section, which significantly lowers their weight, their 24 mm internal rim width is ideal for current frames designed around larger wheels. A step up in class for the Rapid Red family of wheels, created for the more technically minded riders out there looking for the benefits of wider rims.

The celebrated 2-Way Fit™ Ready system allows you to run the wheels tubeless (valves included) or with the classic clincher and inner tube, ensuring the widest possible compatibility with most tyres available on the market. The choices don’t stop there: they are available in 700C (starting width 30mm) or 650B. With the various options possible, from wheel size to tyre type, you can either make this wheel extremely fast on the road or unstoppable in the most demanding off-road situations. In fact they are classified for ASTM 2 riding conditions.

To ensure the responsiveness of the wheel the hubs are made in aluminum with the cone/cup system, to provide the best absorption of the forces involved in more intense off-road use. The bearings can be preloaded with the adjustment ring, to eliminate axial tolerance and optimize smoothness. We use this system in all top of the range Fulcrum wheels.

The rotor is secured to the hub with our Axial Fixing System™ (AFS™). An innovative solution that, through the larger fixing surface, increases structural stiffness and achieves more precise and powerful braking. The system is compatible with standard center lock rotors.
Such a refined wheel needed a shrewd selection of spokes. We therefore opted for 24 straight pull spokes, double butted to 1.6 mm, front and rear, to achieve a reliable and strong wheel, even on long rides and in challenging terrain.   

To increase rider safety, whilst at the same time giving the wheels their unique look, we have included reflective details for those rides that finish, or start, after the sun has gone down.

Despite the great technical evolution that led to this wheelset, what we said about the founder of the Rapid Red family of wheels still rings true today: for Fulcrum versatility and reliability are synonymous with freedom.

The Rapid Red 3 are available in two formats: 700C (1740 grams) and 650B (1640grams), both compatible with HG and XDR frehubs, to fit most road and MTB drivetrains.   

Availability: immediate

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