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Forge + Bond Go Deep with New CR 35 & 45 Road Wheels

Forge and Bond CR 34 45 road wheels
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After starting off with excellent mountain bike wheels, Forge + Bond is back. This time, they’re expanding outside of the MTB world, and going deep into the skinny(er) tire realm. Still constructed with their nylon-infused carbon fiber material known as FUSIONFIBER, the new Forge + Bond CR 35 and 45 wheels promise to smooth out the road, or road less traveled.

Made by hand in Gunnison, Utah, the F+B CR series includes two different rim profiles, the 35 and 45. Both rims measure 25mm internally with a 30.5mm external width, but the rim name refers to the depth of the rim – either 35 or 45mm. Using a hookless/tubeless design, the rims are designed for 28-32mm road tires, but can handle up to 47mm gravel tires.

Offered in three different builds, the F+B Shift build puts the wheelset at a very approachable $1,250 price point using their own hubs. You also have the choice of DT-Swiss hubs or I9 Torch hubs for $2,199 for either wheelset. Weights start at 1473g for the I9 Torch CR 35 wheelset, or 1566g for the I9 Torch CR 45 wheelset.

Technical Overview:

F+B CR 35 Wheelset

  • Hub options: I9 Torch $2,199, DT Swiss 350 $2,199, F+B SHIFT $1,250
  • Rim Depth: 35mm
  • Outer Rim Width: 30.5mm
  • Inner Rim Width: 25mm
  • Bead Wall Thickness: 2.65mm
  • Spoke Count: 24h
  • Spoke: Sapim CX-Ray
  • Rim Type: Hookless/Tubeless
  • Tire Size Range: Built for 28-32mm, up to 47mm
  • Max Tire Pressure: 28c-90psi, 32c-70psi, 40c-50psi

Wheelset Weights:

  • I9 Torch HG: 1473g
  • I9 Torch XD: 1485g
  • DT Swiss 350 HG: 1565g
  • DT Swiss 350 XD: 1578g
  • F+B SHIFT HG: 1510g
  • F+B SHIFT XD: 1506g

F+B CR 45 Wheelset

  • Hub options: I9 Torch $2,199, DT Swiss 350 $2,199, F+B SHIFT $1,250
  • Rim Depth: 45mm
  • Outer Rim Width: 30.5mm
  • Inner Rim Width: 25mm
  • Bead Wall Thickness: 2.7mm
  • Spoke Count: 24h
  • Spoke: Sapim CX-Ray
  • Rim Type: Hookless/Tubeless
  • Tire Size Range: Built for 28-32mm, up to 47mm
  • Max Tire Pressure: 28c-90psi, 32c-70psi, 40c-50psi

Wheelset Weights:

  • I9 Torch HG: 1566g
  • I9 Torch XD: 1546g
  • DT Swiss 350 HG: 1658g
  • DT Swiss 350 XD: 1671g
  • F+B SHIFT HG: 1608g
  • F+B SHIFT XD: 1584g

The wheels are available now at select retailers or at the site linked below.

forgeandbond.com

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Larry Falk
Larry Falk
17 days ago

I’ll be interested in the reviews for these wheels. I felt the Trek CSS wheels at Sea Otter and the 49V felt heavy (37V felt great); looks like some of these might be a bit porky, too.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
17 days ago
Reply to  Larry Falk

I also want to see a Fusion Fiber wheel with carbon spokes!

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