Fulcrum Racing 5 CX road wheelset review£229.99

Enhanced workhorse wheels

BikeRadar score3/5

This derivative of Fulcrum’s popular Racing 5 wheelset gets specially treated bearings for ‘filthy conditions’ use. The tough Racing 5 structure uses a 24mm eyeletted rim with 20 front and 24 rear flat-bladed spokes under high tension.

They’re arranged 2:1 between two cross driveside and radial offside at the rear, for a solid feel under power, while steel axles amplify the tight cornering feel. The heavily machined steel freehub also picks up drive quickly, which helps offset slightly high weight for its price.

The ‘CX’ cartridge bearings spin beautifully with a double base coating for weatherproofing. The snap-on plastic spoke covers have a large centre hole, which makes regular cleaning of collected gunk a wise precaution.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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