Fulcrum Red Power XL mountain bike wheelset review£254.99

Affordable trail wheels

BikeRadar score4/5

While most cost-conscious wheels betray their budget on the scales, the externally butted rims of the Red Power XLs are bang on the grams for their category. Quick pickup from the silent freehub and taut asymmetric spoking give them a responsive feel on the trail and they track well and corner confidently too. 

They’re not shy of clattering through rocks or fair sized drops either. The steel freehub resists cassette scarring and Fulcrum bearings have a reputation for suberb long-term smoothness. They’re not tubeless as standard and won’t handle the biggest rubber but will take mid-sized tyres fine. They come in quick-release or through-axle rear wheel versions too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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