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Nigh on indestructible, but they weigh an absolute ton

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These, er, headturning thermoplastic wheels seem nigh on indestructible, but they weigh an absolute ton. They have five hollow spokes, a fat hollow rim and an alloy hub slotted and bonded into the middle, so you will certainly stand out from the crowd when riding the FRX5s.

They’ve stood up to everything that we’ve thrown at them so far. The broad rim and thick lip mean we’ve haven’t had any pinch flats yet, even when we’ve run double wall tyres down to 15psi. You can still whip tyres on and off them OK though.

They come in full range of axle types and widths and the DT Star Ratchet freehub picks up really quickly too. The downside is that these things are tremendously heavy – 4.157kg/9.16lbs to be exact (1.952kg/4.3lb front and 2.205kg/4.86lb rear). That’s 1.25kg (2.75lbs) heavier than a conventional crush proof wheelset like Halo’s 48 spoke SAS set and means they totally dominate the bike.

They have very surefooted acceleration, delay braking and create a real tramline reluctance to turn from the extra gyroscopic effect, similar to slackening the head angle a couple of degrees. They’re really difficult to lift or flick around in the air too.

Like anything, you will get used to their weight in time, but at $1,200 (approximately £587 at the time of going to press) we’d still only consider trying them if you’ve broken absolutely everything else you’ve ever used.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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