Campagnolo's budget wheelset isn’t light, but includes quality features and runs smooth and long for the money. Fulcrum and Campagnolo are closely related and the Khamsin shares the same front hub shell, skewers and steel freehub body of the former’s £850-more-expensive Racing Five wheels.
They share the same double driveside, single offside arrangement, with straight-gauge round spokes grouped into distinctive triple sheafs at the rim. The Khamsin also gets more rounded non-eyeletted rims and weight reflects the low price.
The freehub is available in Campagnolo or SRAM/Shimano formats. It picks up drive securely and the wheels track and transmit power purposefully. The open centre covers can harbour grime if not checked regularly. Not light, but a predictable handling, solid feeling and long running wheelset for the price.
This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.