Fast Forward F4R Full Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset
Full carbon clincher wheels with 45mm deep rims.
The FFWD Full Carbon Clincher wheels have been thoroughly tested in all areas of road cycling. With field-testing on different terrains and lab tests for brake performance, the FFWD FCC have proven to be strong and durable.
Both F2R FCC and F4R FCC are strong wheels that are technically able to handle riders over 100kg just like all our models. However not all terrains are suitable for every rider when it comes to Full Carbon Clincher wheels. Depending on the combination of factors like rider weight, terrain and intensity the best suitable wheel set can be chosen.
We use High-Tensile TC-35 carbon for the majority of the lay-up. This gives the rim a very high strength with sufficient stiffness to cope with hard application of the wheels. So, rather than use a stiffer, but more brittle carbon type, we chose durability over ultimate stiffness. In some lay-ups we add some higher modulus sheets to increase stiffness locally.
We actually use multiple layers of different types of carbon. Only the outer layer is made from a 3K weave. Underneath this layer are layers of UDF (Uni-Directional Fiber) sheets. A mixture of different angles to resemble a uniform material. Because carbon fiber can handle tension very well, we have to mix up the layers to make the rim stiff and strong enough. Pressure is not a great feature of a fiber. Just think of a string being pushed ). But when mixed correctly, the different angles interconnect through the resin to make it resistant to all kinds of forces . The 3K has a slightly lower stiffness/weight ratio than UDF (Uni-Directional Fiber) sheets of equal fibers, but it makes up by giving the rims a bombproof feature. Why? Because when a strand (or multiple) gets cut in UDF, by crashing for instance, the sheet is compromised and the tear will expand through a larger part of the sheet at continuous workload. A weave will stop the tear because it is intervened by the crossing layer of strands . Although it is not advised to ride with a 'hole' in your rims, situations can occur where you might not know of a damaged rim or it is not an option to stop right away. Then you have the extra safety of the 3K weave to get you home.
Fast Forward F4R Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset Features:
Superstiff High Tensile TC35 Carbon
45 mm deep rim
FFWD decals under clear coat
New designed FFWD hubs
Maximum 9 bar tire pressure
Weight: 1640 gram
DT Aerolite spokes
aero blade (0.9*2.3mm)
DT Pro Lock Brass nipples.
Hand built in The Netherlands
All Wheels are supplied with a Padded Wheel Bag and Quick Release Set.
Buy Fast Forward F4R Full Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset from Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bicycle store.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mega BRILLIANT QUALITY
Only recently found out how much a carbon wheelset made a difference . For years had just used alloy with a good hub. So after treating myself to very expensive Tri-spokes for time trials I was hooked. So was looking for a more 'all season' carbon pair. (Tri-spokes on a club run?).
I read the spec on CRC website and plunged for these as they sounded just the job. I've not been disappointed. In fact I'm surprised that they are even lighter than Mavic Carbone SL's. They move like a dream. Sound superb. Sturdy over bumpy roads, absorb vibration well. Take bumps down kerbs tool. Super looking, quality wheels at the discount price!
24 September 2013