FFWD to offer lighter aero wheel

Speedier three-spoke from Dutch company

Dutch wheel company (and Quick-Step team sponsors) FFWD have announced an update to their three-spoke aero front wheel, the THREE.

The 80mm-deep tubular-only carbon fibre rim is now paired with three 80mm-wide NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) profile spokes that reportedly reduce drag compared to the old version's nominally symmetrical spokes. Weight has also dropped 100g to 750g. 

The new THREE will accompany the current FIVE and will provide another choice for well-to-do riders looking to fine-tune their equipment selection. Suggested retail price is €899 (approx £800/US$1,200).

"The advantage of the THREE over the FIVE, which is also available as a road wheel in 2010, is the weight," said FFWD's Rik van Putten. "Besides that, the THREE is less affected by stronger side winds compared to the FIVE."

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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