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The reason? They are affordable, well built, reasonably light-weight and look great.

They claim to offer ‘all the quality of Fulcrum at a nice price’. We first saw the 2010 model at Eurobike in September 2009 and they’ve not changed much. They feature new graphics and are available with black or anodised red hubs – a touch of bling for the masses.

Red Hub

Red Hub

A Racing 7 Front Hub

A Racing 7 Front Hub

Rear Racing 7

Rear Racing 7

The nearest comparable wheel is the popular Mavic Aksium. Weights are quoted from both manufacturer, but at this level and on a winter bike it’s not the biggest of deals. More important is the 24mm rim depth. It’s semi-aero which makes it great on almost any terrain, you’ll benefit slightly on the flats and then the lack of weight associated with a deeper rim will keep you climbing strong.
The spokes are radially laced at the front and the rear uses Fulcrum’s 2:1 drive-side pattern which is said to take up the slack/lack of tension when different sides of the rim are pulled on. Out on the road it definitely holds up well and thanks to this system, spoke tensions are balanced more evenly between drive and non-drive sides. The fatigue life of the rim, hub and spokes are lengthened. The spokes are elbowed and found easily enough in most bike shops if you do happen to snap any.
The hubs have sealed bearings which will make the spring overhaul nice and easy, they are over sized, aluminium and seem tough enough – we haven’t had many warranty issues with these wheels at all.

Red Hub

Red Hub

So if you’re in the market for some high quality wheels without a Pro’s budget, give these a go. With our extra 10% off at the minute they really offer a great value for money wheelset.

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