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 ...
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
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!
Similar Products Used: Schimano XT Mavic 317, Shimano XT Alex Rims
Bike Setup: Scott Scale Custom
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »