2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

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2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby 1st XV » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:02 am

Quick question guys and gals,
In the mood to buy some new wheels today, throwing up between 2010 Racing 5's or 7's on Wiggle, and cant decide.

Background:
Racing 5's - $320.38 - 1760g - 20/24 Spoke Count
Racing 7's - $222.87 - 1930g - 20/24 Spoke Count

Me - 105kg ex rugby player, no racing, just riding for fitness/self improvement/fun during the week, and a couple of bunch rides with mates on weekends.
not worried at all about weight saving, as i could save alot more than 100's of grams, by just eating less and getting to my "fit" weight of 95kg.
However, i am after stiffness, rolling ability and durability. (If it is possible to achieve all 3?) as my current cheapo wheelset is terrible and when im out of the saddle putting the power down, the rear wheel feels like a piece of paper.

Sooooo,, what do u recommend? will the $100 difference really be felt if i went for the 5's over the 7's? Or will it just make me look cooler? 8)

Im keen on ordering today, so the first few answers will sway my choice..... :D

Cheers.

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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby provoked » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:31 am

I recently went through the new wheelset routine, Fulcrums were high on my list, but at 95kg I was just too worried about the durability. You'll find some have good feedback for them (Might want to ask Jaykay), but I ended up building my own, very happy (DT Swiss RR1.2 on 105 hubs, 32 spoke). Whats your spending limit?

I'm just not confident you will find the Fulcrums are stiff enough, primarily because of the lower spoke count - you're at the upper end of the weight scale when it comes to cycling (as I am). Most factory wheels are built with the 65-75kg rider in mind. But, if you were to choose between the two Fulcurm models, I'd go the 5's.
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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby broke » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:33 am

A set of 5's came on my new (2nd hand) bike, I can't really fault them although I haven't ridden any other wheels in this particular bike. I hover between 90 and 95kgs and have a little bit of a sprint (I'm certainly no pro), never felt that the wheels were holding me back although I would like a new set one day....

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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby provoked » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:39 am

Heres my thread regarding a new wheelset, hope it helps!
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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby 1st XV » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:49 am

Thanks guys, and thanks for the linky provoked, i was trying to search for it before, but couldnt find it. Here goes........................................... :)

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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby jaykay » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:04 pm

For the price the Fulrcum 5's are a good deal. Both sets of wheels are pretty entry level compared to what is available but they are well made and strong. I have a set of Fulcrum 5's and I love them, they roll smooth, have stayed true so far (500kms), flex very little. What they won’t do is spin up quick, offer lightning fast turns and roll super quick but for your needs they would be a good buy. For me I plan to use them for everything even racing (once I get my strength up) and once they are worn out then upgrade. The good thing with Fulcrum is they are basically rebadged Campagnolo's (so they are tough and come with good quality hubs).
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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby HAKS » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:51 pm

+1 at least for 2009 Fulcrum 5's. Had then about 3months now and nothing but good vibes from them. I hover around the 77-80kg range so the weight limit wasn't an issue for me.
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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby brendancg » Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:04 pm

I've got Fulcrum 5's on my bike as training wheels. Done over 5000km on them and the only thing I have had to change is the tyres. I weigh 92kg and they seem stiff enough, they climb pretty well and they seem to turn ok for me. I rate them higher than the Mavic Aksiums I had for training wheels on my last bike.
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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby 1st XV » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:51 pm

Thanks everyone. I really struggled to find a bad word about the Fulcrum 5's, so i went ahead and ordered a set of the 2010 model. now i just have to wait for them to be in stock. (apparently in the next couple of weeks)
At that price, i wouldnt be upset if they only lasted 12 months, but from what ive heard, they should last me much longer.
Thanks again guys, will post pics when they arrive.

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Re: 2010 Fulcrum Racing 5's or 7's???

Postby HAKS » Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:48 pm

You won't be sorry :)
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