Quick & Dirty Wheel Report
I came across Fuzion Wheels on somebody else's post on the road forum. As a "solid-clyde" (not an "uber-clyde" at 300+ lbs., nor a "jr-clyde" at 200-225 lbs., but in the middle), I'm always on the lookout for some new wheels that'll work well under me. Fuzion has two variations: the F1 and M1. They're laced to standard, house-brand hubs, or also available with PowerTap hubs.
The F1's & M1's both sell for $175 a set. It's listed as a "sale" price, with retail at $449. But it doesn't look like any sort of temporary sale that I've seen before, so make of that what you will. At any rate, it's a great price as my standby--32h OpenPro w/Ultegra hubs--cost me close to $275 (bought individually) at the local Performance. And even these, despite their universal acclaim, aren't bomb-proof. I've heard too many reports from a couple LBS' that Mavics are known for spoke pull-through, something I myself have experienced with them (CXP-33 rims and also some OpenPro's). I was in the market for a set of "race" wheels as my Ksyrium's rear hub cracked, so I took a gamble and picked up a pair of the M1's.
Both are road wheels, with the only difference being the number of spokes. The M1's have 24/28 spokes and the F1 have 20/24. However, this is not a light-weight wheelset as it's nearly the same as the OpenPros, but if nothing else, they do look nice and stealth. They came in a nice sturdy box and arrived within two weeks of ordering. Quick-release skewers and rim tape are included. Spokes are black, standard 14g (2.0mm) so replacing them or adjusting tension is easily accomplished with a standard spoke-wrench. They seemed extremely solid to me out-of-the-box, but then I don't handle new wheels often so maybe it was just them being new.
This is a "quick & dirty" report because in the two weeks I've had them, I've only put on about 350 miles. But, some of those miles have been over rough roads at a fairly good pace (Levi's King Ridge Gran Fondo), something that--due to my experience with the OpenPros--caused me to check them for side-side trueness as soon as the ride was over. Much to my astonishment, the Fuzions were not out of true at all. I might be able to detect a 1/2-mm wobble, but that's nothing really.
I then used these wheels during a fast group training ride, again with a few sections of not-too-seriously-bad pavement and, a couple days later during a 60-minute criterium featuring the small lip and bounce of a rain-gutter every lap (33 laps in all). Again, their trueness is impressing me. I thought for sure they'd at least have a wobble by now, but if anything, the slight, 1/2-mm wobble I thought I saw previously has disappeared (did the surrounding spokes settle?).
They're not strictly racing wheels as they don't seem to have the get-up-and-go jump of say, some deep-rim carbon Zipp's, but so far, they're solid, reliable, and comfortable. Out of the saddle, I can't induce any side-to-side flex that I notice.
The only problem I have had was in mounting the tires: they were extremely tight. So tight, in fact, that I broke two nylon tire irons getting them on. I ended up using a flat-bladed metal tool (not the greatest idea, I know, but I was extremely careful). One caveat in this criticism: I had never used the brand/model of tires before (Vittoria Open Corsa EVO-CX). My previous tires, Michelin Pro3Race's, are getting too expensive and the Vittoria's were a great deal. It's very possible the tightness was due to the tires and not the wheel, or more likely, the combination. YMMV.
The jury's still out as--like I said--I've only got very limited mileage on them. But, so far, I like them well enough. I'm hoping they'll just be a reliable, sturdy wheel that last a good long time.