2013 Fulcrum 29er and 650b wheels - Interbike 2012

Plus Racing Quattro, Racing Zero and Red Wind XLR road hoops

Fulcrum unveiled several all-new or updated wheelsets at this year's Interbike show, including two 27.5in/650b options. 

The new Red Metal XRP 650b includes a similar feature set as the 29er version, such as carbon-bodied hubs with adjustable cartridge bearings, elaborately machined tubeless-ready aluminum alloy rims, and butted straight-pull spokes. Claimed weight dips a bit, however, to 1,525g (3.36lb) for what should be a lightweight but durable offering.

Coming in a lower price point will be the Red Power XL. This switches to a less aggressively machined rim without the tubeless compatibility, and heavier hubs for a claimed weight of 1,815g (4lb).

Fulcrum didn't offer precise release dates or projected prices for either wheelsets, but North American general manager Ty Daugherty told BikeRadarto expect to hear more come mid-2013.

One sure thing on the off-road front, however, is the new Red Metal 29 XRP, which raises the level of performance significantly compared to last year's Red Power 29 XL. 

The convertible front hub on the Red Metal 29 XRP

Fulcrum builds this wheelset with a heavily machined and tubeless-compatible aluminum rim, butted straight-pull stainless steel spokes (in Fulcrum's typical 2:1 lacing pattern), and trick carbon-bodied hubs with machined aluminum spoke flanges and adjustable bearing preload.

Claimed weight is 1,635g (3.6lb) – 280g lighter than the old Red Power XL.

Road wheel options

Over on the road side is an all-new Racing Quattro clincher, built with a 35mm-deep aluminum for good aerodynamics and predictable braking performance. 

Fulcrum utilizes its MoMag construction method for the rim – meaning there are no holes on the outer wall – so, at least in theory, it's airtight. However, Fulcrum hasn't shaped the profile for use with tubeless tires.

Other features include aluminum-bodied hubs with adjustable bearing preload, aluminum nipples, Fulcrum's usual 2:1 lacing pattern, and straight-pull butted stainless steel bladed spokes. Claimed weight is 1,725g (3.8lb) for the pair.

Other changes to the road range are more subtle. For example, the top-end Racing Zero aluminum clinchers get a more subdued all-black finish to replace the more ostentatious red-anodized look.

Fulcrum has cleaned up the aesthetics of its racing zero alloy road clinchers with a more austere all-black look:

A cleaner look for the 2013 Racing Zero alloy road clincher 

The 105mm-deep Red Wind XLR sports lower-key graphics and sleeker skewers, and all Shimano/SRAM-compatible Fulcrum road wheels will now be compatible with 11-speed drivetrains.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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