Fulcrum Red Metal 1 Wheelset

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


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Product Description

  • Technoloy Ultra-Fit Tubeless
  • Two-to-One spoke ratio
  • MoMag magnetic spoke guiding
  • Quick release
  • Axial fitting system
  • Oversize axle


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2013

Strengths:    Tubeless, weight, toughness ...

Weaknesses:    none found up to now...

Bottom Line:   
Good set of factory wheels, I've been using them for 1,5 years and apart from trueing the front wheel once recently, haven't had any issue whatsoever. Nice looking en very stiff wheels, gives that 'instant speed' feeling. I have these on a 2011 Specialized Camber. Best upgrade i've done. Stock wheels freewheel started skreeking after 1000 kms of riding, got sick of it and got me these. Wheels change a bike's feel soooo much, and these are good ! My riding is mostly XC and trailriding, some technical downhill trails, no hard core DH ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trailjunkie a Cross Country Rider from Darmstadt Germany

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff!, ultra smooth bearings, stability, reliable, freehub works perfekt and is a joy to the ears, looks sexy, set it and forget it

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These Wheelsets are great. The bearings are ultrasmooth and once set in motion these wheels don't stop spinning. They are very stiff and tough. Missed lines and bigger rocks - no problem! There was no need to true them in two years! The bearings had no play at all and the freehub works great. They are not the lightest wheelsets but they resisted everything I did to them.
Mounting UST tires is a bit tricky as always but once on the rim you can enjoy. In addition to this they are very stiff. These wheels just feel good!

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Favorite Trail:   too many

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Schimano XT Mavic 317, Shimano XT Alex Rims

Bike Setup:   Scott Scale Custom

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DogBone51 a Racer from Tampa, Florida, USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2010

Strengths:    Fairly Light. Rolls Super Fast and Easy. Very Stiff and Strong. Looks Awesome!

Weaknesses:    Graphics are decals if you want to call that a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are awesome! They roll super fast. I'm constantly rolling up on my riding buddies who have Mavic CrossMax and American Classic wheels. These wheels, are perhaps not the lightest on the planet they are still fairly light. Most of the additional weight is in the hub as they use a very durable and free spinning double sealed cartridge bearing. (Unlike Mavic and many others). I weigh 210lbs and these wheels are very stiff. No flex even with my big butt flogging them down the trails. Very strong - I ran my front wheel over with my car on accident. The brake rotor and skewer were mangled all to hell, but the wheel itself was perfectly straight and true. I couldn't believe it! If you want an awesome looking wheel set that is fast, light, stiff and strong get these. If you want one of the best wheel sets on the market get these. If you want garbage, buy something else.

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Favorite Trail:   Boyette

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   XT hubs w Mavic rims, WTB Trail wheels.

Bike Setup:   Scott Spark 50 with lots of extras

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mcmahon38 a Weekend Warrior from Carpinteria Ca

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2010

Strengths:    Bombproof

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Fulcrums rule- I weigh at ton and they never need attention.There Racing 1 road wheels are as bulletproof as well. Campy engineering and great design.

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Favorite Trail:   Bunker Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by onegymrat a Weekend Warrior from Southern California

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2009

Strengths:    Very stiff rims and the 20mm axle responds well, great looking with the 24 bladed spokes, still true after a year of abuse.

Weaknesses:    Could be a bit lighter, engagement is merely okay.

Bottom Line:   
I loved my Crossmax STs, they were light (1670g) but hub engagement was terrible, sold them. Went to a custom pair of Stan's Olympics with CK for racing. Super light at 1500g but a bit flexy for the rough stuff and found out I suck at racing. Got these RM1 for a steal from CRC. No flex at all, especially with tough, techy climbs, super true, bomb proof in the chunky stuff. However, with the steel spokes (I think they have aluminum version now) a bit heavier than I want (1727g) and the engagement is nowhere near what the CK can do. If you can find them at around $500, a great deal for a tough set of trail riding wheels with little maintenance.

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Favorite Trail:   Aliso & Wood Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Crossmax ST
Stan's Olympics with Chris King hubs custom


Bike Setup:   2010 Pivot Mach 5

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Slayer33 a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    Uber sexy wheels, excellent hubs, tubeless, flat spokes. Campy technology ftw.

Weaknesses:    installing tires is not as easy, but expected with tubeless wheels

Bottom Line:   
Love these wheels, they are ultra smooth and the hub engagement is superb. They are a steal when on sale, and for the money I highly recommend these wheels to anyone who wants a slick set of wheels.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   spinergy xyclone enduro

Bike Setup:   09 Scott Spark 50, Rockshox SID WC, Fulcrum Red Metal 1, XT everything...

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pinging noise from Fulcrum Red Metal 1

I have a pair of Fulcrum Red Metal 1 XL wheels. I'm using these wheels for almost 1,5 year now and the last couple of months the wheels are making a 'pinging' sound when I'm up on the pedals, when I'm climbing and putting a lot of sideway stress on the wheels. The noise seems to be coming from where ... Read More »

Question about older Red Metal 1 hubs

Hello people, I've got a "delicate" question for someone that has a bit more insight into these wheels. I own a 2008, or 2009 version of RM1, and as they look kinda identical to any newer version, I am interested are they also industrial bearings or "normal" conus ones? I've been thinking it's in ... Read More »

Fulcrum Red Metal 1 XL - Actual Weight

I picked up a set of these from Chainlove and weighed them before mounting them. Fulcrum says they weigh 1650 grams, unbelievably, they were actually 1629 grams. I haven't had a good ride on them yet, but they feel nice and stiff under my clyde weight.Read More »

2011 models: Easton Haven, Crossmax ST or Red Metal 1 XL

In a dilemma right now, currently in a Hope Pro 2 with Flow rims and DT spokes currently weighing in the 1.88 Kg range. I would like a bling, light and a true blooded UST wheelset (not those which needs to use conversion strips ) . I need a front 20mm T/A wheels and a QR rear. here's my take: Eas ... Read More »

Fulcrum Red Metal 1 vs CB Cobalt

Looking for a stiff, strong, fast engaging, fast rolling wheelset to replace some heavier WTB Dual Duties I have now. Looking at getting a new wheelset for my Kona Daw Deluxe, and am trying to choose between the Fulcrum Red Metal 1 and Crank Brothers Cobalt. Most of the riding I do is Midwest XC, bu ... Read More »

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