Extending their boxy aerodynamic LAW Tech rims once more, FFWD go deeper RYOT77 aero carbon disc brake wheels aimed at time trial and triathlon racing. With a new 77mm deep, wide 21mm internal, full carbon tubeless RYOT rim, FFWD promises more speed and versatility for tri, TT, and even fast flat road racing, plus a coming soon option to mix & match wheels of different depths to perfectly dial in your aero road race setup…
FFWD RYOT 77 deep-section aero carbon TT & triathlon wheels
FFWD’s Laminar Airflow Wing (LAW) Tech debuted last summer with the first wide blunt & boxy RYOT44. Developed from iterative computer simulation into the wind tunnel, FFWD’s RYOT wheels claimed more aerodynamic airflow from the tire to rim and back again on the other side of the wheel, all for decreased drag & faster speeds overall. Those all-rounder wheels quickly were followed up by shallower 33mm & deeper 55mm versions.
This super deep 77mm version for TT & triathlon racing was already in mind. But it seems like it required a bit of extra time to refine to ensure FFWD could keep the overall weight in check, and be sure they would perform well in windy conditions as well.
The new FFWD RYOT77 rim shares a hooked tubeless-ready profile with the rest of the RYOT family, with a wide 21mm internal width optimized for 25-28mm tires (minimum 23mm, max 42mm).
The 77mm deep rim has a max external width of 31mm, close to the mid section of the rim. Claimed wheel weights are 835g front & 995g rear, for a complete wheelset weight of 1830g. (The DT 240 option knocks that all the way down to a claimed 1740g.)
The RYOT77 is built up conventionally with standard spokes – 24 bladed, straightpull Sapim CX Ray & CX Sprint spoke front & rear with brass nipples – like the rest of the FFWD RYOT family. That helps keep them more serviceable than fast tri-spoke tri wheels, but it also means that FFWD can offer them with two different hub specs for more budgets.
Standard wheels use FFWD Two/One centerlock hubs with 12mm thru-axles (with modular endcaps) and Shimano HG, SRAM XD-R & Campagnolo N3W freehubs bodies available.
FFWD RYOT 77 deep aero carbon wheels – Pricing, options & availability
The FFWD RYOT77 is available now as a complete wheelset with the new ratchet Two/One hubs for 1600€ for the pair including pre-installed tubeless tape, tubeless valves & padded wheelbags, direct from FFWD in Zwolle, The Netherlands. A second build option, upgraded to the latest DT Swiss 240 EXP hubs will be available in September for 1900€.
Individual wheels are also expected to be available direct from FFWD in the near future (“in the next few weeks“), so you can mix & match with FFWD’s TT Disc rear wheels or a shallower RYOT front wheel for more road racing versatility.
In the meantime, you can purchase wheels individually through FFWD distributors & retail bike shops.
FFWD says the new 77mm deep wheels aren’t really only for TT & tri use, and could likely bleed over into crit racing or a flat road race. Plus, they should make your aero road bike look faster too. But realistically, the shallower 33, 44 & 55mm deep RYOT wheels will likely be more versatile, lighter, and more manageable in windy conditions while still claiming to make you faster.