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2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels
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Fulcrum’s next generation Red Zone Carbon+ cross-country mountain bike wheels take weight savings and performance improvements to a new level in their latest evolution. Developed together with the Buff-Megamo team ahead of last season’s Cape Epic, the plus in the new Red Zone Carbon+ wheels denotes improved handling by 9.5% and reactivity by 10%. While also shedding 4% weight to come in at just 1385g for the set…

Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ lightweight XC MTB wheels

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, Buff-Megamo XC Team
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Two winters back Fulcrum upgraded their top XC mountain bike wheels to be lighter and wider. Now, their new Red Zone Carbon+ takes it to another level within the same profile thanks to a carbon material upgrade, new smoother spinning ceramic bearings, and a few less spokes. In the end, PLUS saves 60g off the latest Red Zone Carbon wheels. For those cross-country and marathon racers looking for every little gain possible.

Tech details

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, undulating asymmetric front wheel

The new EU-made 1385g Red Zone Carbon+ wheels are based on the same asymmetric rim shape Fulcrum calls Nip(ple) Force. Instead of a simple spoke hole offset, Red Zone Carbon+ spokes sit in two separate planes with the nose of the carbon rim profile subtly undulating between the two – one 3.5mm offset 3.5mm & the other 6mm from center.

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, rim detail

Rim profile is the same as the last generation. 26mm deep x 33mm wide outside, with a 28mm internal hookless tubeless bead. And a smooth, uninterrupted rim bed that doesn’t require tubeless tape. No tape to fail and leak air for the life of the wheel!

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, tubeless rim detail

Conventional external alloy nipples are guided into place when building the wheel with magnets, just like other Campagnolo-tech wheels. These also get the latest matte carbon finish, straight-out-of-the-mold with no paint like premium other premium Fulcrum road & Campagnolo wheels.

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, USB ceramic bearings

The 29er Red Zone Carbon+ wheels are built up with straight-pull double-butted stainless steel spokes, 24 front & rear, on alloy centerlock hubs. The hubs feature variable height flanges for the same spoke lengths left:right, and now spin on premium USB ceramic bearings with cup & cone adjustability.

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, cassette detail

The thru-axle hubs are Boost spaced, and offered with either a Shimano MicroSpline or SRAM XD freehub body. The new Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ wheels also feature an updated 36-tooth alloy freehub. New steel reinforcement around the 3 pawls means longer life and more secure engagement.

Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ wheels – Pricing & availability

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, rim detail

The new lightweight carbon XC MTB wheelset are available to order starting today, featuring the latest low-key laser-etched Fulcrum graphics.

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheelset

Fulcrum makes the ultra-premium Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ wheels entirely in the Europe. They sell for $2500 / 2190€ (a few bucks less for XD).

2023 Fulcrum Red Zone Carbon+ premium lightweight XC mountain bike wheels, made-in-EU, team test riding

Fulcrum anticipates the first deliveries in December 2023.

FulcrumWheels.com

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Oliver
Oliver
2 months ago

1385g is super heavy for an XC wheelset even half that price.

Jared
Jared
2 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

Post a wheelset to match your claim.

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