Fulcrum Red Metal 3 mountain bike wheelset review

Competitively-priced silent runners

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £359.00 RRP | USD $507.99
Fulcrum Red Metal 3 Wheelset

Our review

Tight and tough with good responsiveness and tubeless sealing at a good price
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Good-looking, tight-running and tough enough for the trail, Fulcrum’s entry-level tubeless wheels offer great value for money. Having a tough rim is vital to avoid dents that can compromise tubeless seal, and we’ve hammered these Red Metals through the rocks without a warp or whimper.


The 24 bladed stainless steel spokes are laced 2:1 on front brakeside and rear driveside to equalise loading. They certainly feel tight and responsive under pressure, with no obvious yaw or wind-up. Internal 20mm axles (not 20mm through-axles though) mean good core strength too.


We blew them up tubeless without sealant with no trouble (first time on the front, second on the rear) and tubeless-ready tyres were equally at home once we’d ‘gooped’ them.  The near-silent freehub will appeal to stealth fans and pick-up is fast too. They’re reasonably light at 1,840g, for their stiffness, making them a good tubeless wheel for the money.

Product Specifications


Name Red Metal 3 Wheelset (09)
Brand Fulcrum

Description Comes with quick release skewers, High precision bearings with 2 sealed bearings in the freehub body, 25mm rim side height, Flat bladed aerodynamic spokes, 2:1 spokes for stability under acceleration and braking , Available as 6 bolt or AFS Centrelock
Weight (g) 1840
Accessories Supplied With Wheel Q/R Skewer
Brake Compatibility Disc Brake 6-Bolt Disc Brake Centre-Lock
Front Rim Profile 25
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 24
Rim Size/Diameter 25