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Old 04-30-19, 06:16 AM
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Fulcrum Racing 3db 'review'

I acquired a set of Fulcrum Racing 3db as a second set of wheels for my 2017 Roubaix to use with a different set of tires than the stock DT Swiss 470db. After a few hundred miles of riding, well, now I'm considering selling the stock wheels for another set of Fulcrums. Everything is better. Climbing, handling, the ride, etc. And they just feel better. I understand that part of that may be due to the different tires, but I've ridden the stock wheels with 700x25 GP 4000s tires and mounted 700x25 GP 5000 on the new wheels, but I doubt the tires would create that much of a difference. It's a really nice combination of wheel and tire.

I guess I'll see about durability since they're still pretty new, but so far no issues.

Anyone interested in a used set of 470db wheels? ;-)
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Looks like a nice set of wheels. One of the things that always gave me pause was Fulcrum sticking with the relatively narrow internal rim width - it's nice to see that they've widened these to 19mm.
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Looks like a nice set of wheels. One of the things that always gave me pause was Fulcrum sticking with the relatively narrow internal rim width - it's nice to see that they've widened these to 19mm.
The wheels are nearly the same width as the 700x25 tires I have mounted. They're a really good match. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the usual Shimano BB tool can't be used to torque down the brake rotors. No big deal.
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I'm pretty hesitant myself to recommend anything fulcrum. a guy at wotk had one of the sets just below the most expensive ones in alu. (his are several years old). and basically the hubs are pretty much a joke. no way to preload bearings, mechanism is more sinmplistic than shimanos from 1970. and lower quality too. and lower servicablilty.

We swapped all bearing in his hub and i think 3/4 were shot. sure these were were standard industrial measurements. but with shimano for example you could have just opened them up and regreased them.

Also the rims themselves are pretty fukn far away in quality compared to mavic and dt. and the hubs are a joke, and the spokes are most likely nonames instead of dt/wheelsmith/sapin and therefore sh1t. and also the build was subpar when i measured it. this was the second best alu wheel set they had though.

But if you ask me. not very good.

the good thing with them is that they are so simple to service/change bearings and the mech is so simple its quite hard to F it up. its still not good stuff imo.
even shimanos cheapest hubs are better than this imo. this is how it works when you deciede to not pay royalties and instead to "reinvent the wheel" all over again.

i rather get the cheapest shimano wheels out there (and i did I got the 120€ ones for a whole set). since they are better built (measured and verified) and also of a better mechanical construction by very VERY far.
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Nice review, thanks. My 5s have been just fine, especially for the price. I like that there is a variety of models from the euro sellers and they seem adaptable to different axle standards. No weird spokes either, at least in the less expensive wheels.
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Where'd you get them and how much?
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Originally Posted by carlos danger View Post
I'm pretty hesitant myself to recommend anything fulcrum. a guy at wotk had one of the sets just below the most expensive ones in alu. (his are several years old). and basically the hubs are pretty much a joke. no way to preload bearings, mechanism is more sinmplistic than shimanos from 1970. and lower quality too. and lower servicablilty.

We swapped all bearing in his hub and i think 3/4 were shot. sure these were were standard industrial measurements. but with shimano for example you could have just opened them up and regreased them.

Also the rims themselves are pretty fukn far away in quality compared to mavic and dt. and the hubs are a joke, and the spokes are most likely nonames instead of dt/wheelsmith/sapin and therefore sh1t. and also the build was subpar when i measured it. this was the second best alu wheel set they had though.

But if you ask me. not very good.

the good thing with them is that they are so simple to service/change bearings and the mech is so simple its quite hard to F it up. its still not good stuff imo.
even shimanos cheapest hubs are better than this imo. this is how it works when you deciede to not pay royalties and instead to "reinvent the wheel" all over again.

i rather get the cheapest shimano wheels out there (and i did I got the 120€ ones for a whole set). since they are better built (measured and verified) and also of a better mechanical construction by very VERY far.
Wow, your "experience" is sure out of the norm for Fulcrum Wheels. I run several sets, have thousands of miles on them and have no issues with them. Lot's and lot's of others seem quite happy with them too. Of course, they are really just rebadged Campagnolo wheels and as such are very, very good. I find the hubs on them to be quite good and durable. and the bearings certainly can be preloaded and it's super easy with the Fulcrum setup. Much easier than fiddling with two cone wrenches trying to get it right. Anyway, just had to chime in because your comments don't seem on line with pretty much anyone else's that are running their wheels and definitely not how my experience with them has gone.
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Where'd you get them and how much?
Woody's Cyclery in Middleton, MA. I'll have to dig out the receipt since I really can't recall the price.
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You lost me when you said "compared to Mavic." I've hosed a couple of sets of those, and recently the stock DT Swiss 470db wheels were replaced, for free, because they failed.

Just sayin'...
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Wow, your "experience" is sure out of the norm for Fulcrum Wheels. I run several sets, have thousands of miles on them and have no issues with them. Lot's and lot's of others seem quite happy with them too. Of course, they are really just rebadged Campagnolo wheels and as such are very, very good. I find the hubs on them to be quite good and durable. and the bearings certainly can be preloaded and it's super easy with the Fulcrum setup. Much easier than fiddling with two cone wrenches trying to get it right. Anyway, just had to chime in because your comments don't seem on line with pretty much anyone else's that are running their wheels and definitely not how my experience with them has gone.
I feel the same way. I have a set of race 3s with 23k on them and no problems at all. I'm trying shimanos now, because I got a good price on them, but nothing wrong with the Fulcrums at all.
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You lost me when you said "compared to Mavic."
Yep, if you were impressed with that expertise, check out the poster's helpful opinions in this thread. What might this cost me?
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