Fulcrum 2010: Racing 3 and Racing 3 2-Way Fit

The first preview of the 2010 range regards the Fulcrum Racing 3, which for the upcoming year has been redesigned and will be available in two versions: Racing 3 and Racing 3 2-Way Fit. The former is dedicated exclusively to the use of standard tires, while the latter uses the special profile developed by Fulcrum that makes it possible to use both tubeless and standard tires.

Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit

It’s not by chance that Fulcrum called its family of road wheels "Racing", just as it is not by chance that we push so hard on the pedal with regard to tubeless tires. In fact, tests carried out in collaboration with Hutchinson demonstrated that a Fulcrum wheel fitted with a tubeless tire has a rolling capacity more than 31% higher than the same wheel fitted with a normal tire. This is a huge difference that cannot be ignored by those whose daily objective is competition.

Precisely due to the advantages offered by the tubeless tires, Fulcrum has now decided to extend this technology to the Racing 3 model as well, but we decided to do it in the most advantageous way for the user. Thanks to the special profile of the rim developed by Fulcrum, it is possible to fit both tubeless and standard tires. This means being able to take advantage of the best features of both solutions: performance, comfort, and seal for tubeless tires; convenience of use in training for the standard tires.

The Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit wheels differ from the Racing 3 version also in other aspects. First of all, the weight, as this version is a full 80 grams lighter, a huge difference for this type of wheel. In fact, Fulcrum has used differentiated rims, 24 mm for the front and 30 mm the rear, so that the front wheel, along with radial spoking, produces perfect aerodynamic penetration. The rear wheel, on the other hand, was developed to instantaneously transmit the cyclist?s power, the reason why Fulcrum chose a more rigid 30 mm rim together with the now celebrated Two-to-One spoke ratio. Here, too, Fulcrum Dynamic Balance keeps the Racing 3 2-Way Fit wheel perfectly stable even at high speeds.

Another difference regards the spokes. Here, too, incredible efforts were made to reduce every single gram without compromising performance and resistance. In this case, Fulcrum kept the same spoking (16 radial for the front and 21 with 2:1 ratio for the rear) but intervened on the thicknesses: 2.2/2/1.6/2 for the front spokes and rear left side, and 2/1.8/2 on the cassette side. On the front of the spokes, Fulcrum introduced the Antirolling Spoke System, which keeps them perfectly in the aerodynamic position and facilitates servicing operations.

Fulcrum Racing 3 2 Way Fit

Fulcrum Racing 3 2-Way Fit  2010 Technical Specs
Weight 1580 g

Rim
Material: aluminium
Height: 24 mm front / 30 mm rear
Colour: black

Spokes
Material: stainless steel
Form: aero with new antirolling system

Front wheel: differentiated thickness (2.2/2/1.6/2) front;
Rear wheel: differentiated thickness (2.2/2/1.6/2) left side ? (2/1.8/2) cassette side
Spoking: radial front (16); Two-to-One (21) rear
Colour: black

Hubs
Material: aluminium
Bearings: special model created by Fulcrum
Colour: black

Compatibility: Campagnolo?, Shimano Inc., and Sram Co. drivetrains

Fulcrum Racing 3

The Fulcrum Racing 3 maintains the performance features of the previous season. The wheels feature Dynamic Balance technology, which perfectly stabilises the wheel at high speeds. The spokes are stainless steel with aero profile at differentiated thickness 2-1,5-2. The hubs are oversize with aluminium body and axle and adjustable high-precision bearings to achieve the best performance every time. Racing 3 wheels are compatible with Campagnolo?, Shimano Inc., and Sram Co. drivetrains.

Fulcrum Racing 3

Fulcrum Racing 3 2010 Technical Specs
Weight: 1659 g

Rim
Material: aluminium
Height: 24 mm
Colour: black

Spokes
Material: stainless steel
Form: aero, differentiated thickness (2/1.5/2)
Spoking: radial front (16); Two-to-One (21) rear
Colour: black

Hubs
Material: aluminium
Bearings: special model created by Fulcrum
Colour: black

Compatibility: Campagnolo?, Shimano Inc., and Sram Co. drivetrains

Fulcrum Wheels are imported by De Grandi



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