Fulcrum Racing 3 road wheelset review£490.21

Light and nimble handling

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Using a new rim extrusion process and slimmer spokes, Fulcrum have shed over 100g from the weight of the Racing 3s. The non-drilled outer surface means a stronger rim and no need for rim tape, while the milled inner surface saves more grams.

The rear wheel uses different spoke gauges on each side in seven groups of three – 14 on the drive side and seven widely dished on the non-drive side – and with the 16-spoke radial front wheel, makes a responsive wheelset that's stiff without feeling harsh.

Sprints or climbing efforts translate into rapid forward motion, which is easy to maintain, and handling feels light and nimble, great for flicking around road defects. Aluminium hub axles, adjustable bearings and an aero spoke anti-rotation system, which appears to work, complete the package. The Racing 3s are supplied with a magnet for replacing nipples as well as a two-year warranty.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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