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    FFWD F9T front experience?

    Hey guys, I'm thinking of throwing some money at a more aero front wheel. Without shelling out for 5 spokes, I was wondering if anyone had experience or knowledge of the Fast Forward F9T front wheels. I'm looking at these and the Zipp 808 atm.

    The radial spokes worry me a little as I have a set of CXP30s with 28 radial spokes on my old road bike, and they flexed enough that I had to open the front brakes right out on crits.

    Due to my weight (currently 120kg and aiming for 110 in 6 mths) I am after as strong an aero wheel as I can reasonably get. I've got my LBS looking at customising an 808 front and going with more spokes. I've looked at wheelbuilder.com and for the price of a customised zipp I can get a PRO 5 spoke, so if things don't pan out, then I might just save up and go for that.

    But back on track, I can get a FFWD wheel for a lot less than the Zipp, but I can't find anything review wise about the F9T. So I'm looking for a bit of help/guidance.

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    The 808 track wheels are really strong. I'm a heavy guy and I never felt it flex when I have felt others flex.
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    The 808 wheelset are rated to 225lb/100kg-ish. That's another issue I have with them. I'll see what my LBS come back to me with on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brawlo View Post
    The 808 wheelset are rated to 225lb/100kg-ish. That's another issue I have with them. I'll see what my LBS come back to me with on those.
    I've raced them at 250lbs at +40mph (65kph) on a steep track with no problems whatsoever.

    I've done some crazy hard standing starts on them and no issues either. I bought them from a +2000W (450lb squat) Elite National Kilo Champ...he had no issues with them either
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I've raced them at 250lbs at +40mph (65kph) on a steep track with no problems whatsoever.

    I've done some crazy hard standing starts on them and no issues either. I bought them from a +2000W (450lb squat) Elite National Kilo Champ...he had no issues with them either
    Now that's the kind of stuff I was looking for. Thanks Carleton.

    Nothing on the FFWD though? Given the price difference I'd love to know what they're like under a sprinter type.

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    several of my teammates love their FFWDs, including the F9T.

    it won't have undue flex because of radial spokes - the wheel is very different from the one on your old road bike. high flange hub, deep section rim - that means a shorter spoke, and that means less flex. (radially spoked wheels tend to be stiffer than cross-spoked wheels, anyway, other things being fairly equal)
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    A lot of the Hellyer guys use FFWD, they always have them at the track to try out too. I hope that somebody will chime in with their review as I haven't used them myself.
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