Rapid Red 5 DB & Rapid Red 5 DB 650B

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Rapid Red 5 DB & Rapid Red 5 DB 650B

10 April 2019

The entire Fulcrum family of wheels is dedicated to producing quality and reliable wheels that are above all synonymous with speed. With the advent of newer and more versatile disciplines within the "road" category, bestowing that hallmark reliable speed and performance on wheelsets destined for a wide variety of conditions made for a special challenge for the Fulcrum engineering team. Previously dedicated to wheels with very specific and dedicated purposes in either Road or MTB settings the Fulcrum engineers collectively developed a solution that combines know how gleaned from both to create wheels that excel in their ability to take on not only the path less traveled, but all types of paths less traveled. The fruit of the collective engineering labor comes in the form of wheelsets which excel in their ability to provide versatile performance specific to those who don't want a specific type of terrain. 

Fulcrum proudly introduces the Rapid Red wheel line, which represents a low profile solution for those cyclists who prefer not to be defined by one single type of riding. Somewhat difficult to label the Rapid Red wheelsets are the perfect mixed surface addition to the rider's ride who prefers a bit of everything. Their 23mm inner channel allows for perfect compatibility with tires ranging from 32mm to 46mm (700c) / 40mm to 60mm (650B) and the 2-Way Fit™Ready construction render them rideable with either tubeless  or clincher tires. As the central theme to B-Road riding is versatility, the Rapid Red wheelsets offer not only a wide variety of tires sizes and types (tubeless or clincher) but also the choice between 700c and 650B formats, thus ensuring perfect compatibility and ride tuning no matter the personal preference of each individual rider. From long distance road to mixed surface to scenarios more specific to "road plus" where larger tires with better grip are necessary, all riders will find their perfect solution, or rather solutions, amongst the Rapid Red line up. 

The disc brake specific wheelsets use an AFS™ standard and offer the same extreme reliability that riders have come to expect from Fulcrum wheelsets both for road and off road use. The sturdy, low profile aluminum rims measure a mere 24mm both front and rear and, together with their 24 steel spokes and lightweight aluminum hubs, tip the scales at a decidedly respectable weight 1760 g (700c), 1660 g (650B). While efficient in terms of weight the tried and true Fulcrum quality construction applied to model specific designs the new Rapid Red's overall structure makes for a wheel sturdy enough to warrant the ASTM 2 category classification.  

Built for the long haul the Rapid Red family seeks to offer the most versatile solution for those looking to take the path less traveled…be that path one characterized by mixed surfaces, technical and difficult trails or extremely long miles wanting for comfort. The new range offers the perfect specific solution for types of riding that aren't specific to any one single discipline, surface or ride type. Rapid Red's extreme versatility stems from not only its wide range of tire size and type compatibility, its dual dimension range (700 and 650B) but also as a result of drivetrain compatibility. Available in both HG11 and XDR freehub body versions the Rapid Red's drivetrain compatibility is almost limitless, ranging from all available road disc drivetrains to, with the use of a small adaptor, even SRAM MTB groupsets. 

The freedom to choose is an important benefit that choosing Fulcrum's Rapid Red bestows on the rider. Versatility is key. However, versatility with minimum compromise is a treasure to hold dear. Choose Rapid Red and feel the freedom of versatility.

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