Fulcrum previews new Racing Speed XLR 35 at Flanders

Medium-height carbon rims fill hole in Fulcrum's line

Lampre-Merida rider Filippo Pozzato wasn't just riding a new Merida ReactoEvo aero road bike in last Sunday's Tour of Flanders. He also set off from Brugge on a new set of carbon wheels. The 35mm-deep Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR 35 will fill a long-running hole in between the company's shallow-section Racing Light XLR and 50mm-deep Racing Speed XLR for what should be a versatile set of race wheels.

BikeRadar managed to get some information from Fulcrum and as it turns out, there will be three new 35mm-deep models coming soon, not just one. The top-end Racing Speed XLR 35 set that Pozzato used at the Tour of Flanders uses a downsized version of the Racing Speed XLR rim, meaning a fairly conventional width, a slightly blunted nose, and a rather traditional rounded-V profile.

Claimed weight for the tubular set is 1,230g per pair (540g front; 690g rear) – almost 100g lighter than the Racing Speed XLR.

Otherwise, features from the Racing Speed XLR are wholly carried over, including the 18/21-hole front/rear drilling with quad-butted bladed stainless steel spokes and a two-to-one lacing pattern out back, carbon fiber central hub bodies, Fulcrum's CULT adjustable hybrid ceramic bearings and externally located nipples with special reinforcements inside the rim to prevent pull-through.

Fulcrum will also use the new 35mm rim profile for two more moderately priced road wheels. The new Racing Speed 35 will use the same rim but with all-aluminum hub bodies and steel bearings while the Racing Speed CX will feature similar hubs with additional sealing to better withstand power washing.

The rim cross-section looks fairly traditional on fulcrum's new racing speed xlr 35 as seen here on the bike of lampre-merida rider filippo pozzato.:

The rim cross-section looks fairly traditional on Fulcrum's new Racing Speed XLR 35 as seen here on the bike of Lampre-Merida rider Filippo Pozzato.

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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