The same qualities that have made the Racing 5 such a popular wheel in the past combine with new elements to make an affordable but race ready wheel. The 20 spoke design in addition to the asymmetric rear rim profile offers notable performance increases in terms of both increased lateral and torsional rigidity as well as increased reactivity. This design allows for more homogenous spoke tensions and makes for a sturdier, higher performing wheelset that weighs in at over 100 grams less than its previous version.
Rim: Alloy Asymmetric Clincher, 24mm Front / 27.5mm Rear
Brake Surface: Alloy
Axle: Quick Release
Freehub: Shimano 10-11
Bearings: High Grade Steel
Spokes: Double butted Aero
Count: 18 Front / 20 Rear
Includes: Skewers, Rim Tape
Wheels were pressie for my OH, I have an older version so know they are good - but now even lighter and really nice looking. They're for his summer bike but he's had a quick spin with them whilst it was dry and was pleased with his first impression. Great service from Merlin too, ordered Monday morning, arrived Tuesday morning, great price too.
I focused in on this wheel set based on numerous reviews. Merlin had the best price by far. I was a little leery of ordering from overseas (I'm in the US) but shipping was free and reasonably fast. Wheels themselves arrived well packed, straight and true. I have only about 150 mi on them so far but they seem to be everything I expected. Still straight and true riding mostly on segmented sidewalk/trails and some brick roads. I'd definitely buy from Merlin again.
Awesome wheelset for the price. I bought these wheels as a gift for my husband and he absolutely loves them. They roll great and are super smooth.
Excellent purchase. This is second set of the Fulcrum 5's I have bought from Merlin. Good performing road wheels. I had inadvertently damaged the rear due to road hazard and needed to replace it.
Excellent wheels - lightweight and very nippy. They look superb, too. Would highly recommend. Great price from Merlin Cycles and delivered really quickly. Will use Merlin again.
Had these for two weeks now and done around 100km, mostly commuting. Absolutely incredible difference as an upgrade from my old CXP22's. They're far smoother, lighter, 8-speed cassette slipped on no problem (had to buy separate spacer) and they are much easier to climb with. They've genuinely transformed my bike (Merlin PR7). Only reason I've given them 4 out of 5 is because I've only done a short distance and I'm sure there are better wheels on the market. At this price, however, these won't be beat.
These went straight on the bike and I am really pleased with them. They are light, stiff and roll well and fantastic value. They replaced a set of Mavic Aksium 1 that were on the bike and they are just so much better. I ordered them and they arrived the following day so Merlin's delivery is also fantastic.
Amazing wheels! Will buy another set, awesome!!
Used on my winter training road bike... Very speedy delivery from Merlin - amazing!
Wheels run very well; a nice upgrade from the 2012 versions I had previously. Very happy with them so far...
Great value wheels for all weather riding. This is my 3rd set now, highly recommended.
Smooth rolling, solidly constructed, and well priced from Merlin. Replaced an aging set of much more expensive wheels without any trauma. Highly recommended.
I recently upgraded the group set on my 14-year old Lemond Arrive to 11 speed 105, and I had to buy a new 11-speed compatible rear wheel. My front wheel was original on the bike, and the rims were quite worn, so I decided to spring for the pair. I am happy I did that. I was very surprised at how much these new wheels improved the ride feel of the bike. In fact, they have made the bike much better than it ever was. Handling, cornering, descending, acceleration - all much better. I love them! Great price at Merlin, and quick delivery.
Fantastic wheelset! The hub is nice and works well and I feel like I get more out of every push of the pedal. Excellent upgrade from stock wheels without breaking the bank!
I was having trouble finding a set of wheels to upgrade to. I wanted compatibility with 9 speed and 11 speed as I was thinking of upgrading my gears. After a quick call to Merlin Cycles they suggested several wheel sets and I picked this one.
The wheels came with a spacer so I could use my 9 speed cassette. They seem well made, strong and true. They are lighter than my stock wheels I had on my bike previously. They look good on my bike as well.
The first time I rode them I smashed some PB's on Strava ! So to me it was money well spent )
A great experience from buying from Merlin Cycles, recommended.
Replaced my 2013 Fulcrum5s as smashed up the rear wheel. Put them straight on bike out of box and did Ride24 Newcastle to London and they roll very well. For the money you cant beat Fulcrums, I flew past other riders on more expensive wheels even when freewheeling down hills. Bargain. Great service from Merlin
Bought to replace my aged old wheels - lightweight for the price, perfect training wheels.
Bought these wheels for my sisters bike build. They arrived perfectly true and round with bearings under proper load. Mated up with Michelin Lithion 2 700X25c tires, the wider rim profile gave the 25mm tires more volume. At 92kg these wheels felt reasonably stiff, vertically and laterally. Would purchase again for sure.
Giant TCR C3
These wheels are not the lightest but they had ALL the items I wanted. Bladed spokes , over sized hubs , only thing I would ask for is the option to change the spoke nipple color . My Giant TCR C3 is blue and black , Would love an option for blue Spoke Nipples. They arrived true and ready with rim tape installed. I wrapped them in Continental Attack and Force Tire Combo and they roll for days ( well a long time ) . Shipping went smooth and they arrived on time. Merlin Cycles, good pricing and quick service.
Yes I would refer a friend ( and have ).
Thank You Merlin Cycles.
Purchased these on recommendation from a friend, to replace a set of mavic aksium that have been ravaged by the daily commute, beyond repair!
They were simple to set up and true from the box. Good stiffness and light enough for sportive and leisure riding. Nice quiet braking and little road noise. Very pleased with the wheels so far and hopefully they will last longer than the mavics!
My original racing 5 front wheel from 2010 finally wore out its rim enough to stop me braking effectively but in all other aspects has been without issue or adjustment so buying them again was a given. Got a good price for a new set complete with Continental tyres and inner tubes which came fitted and partially inflated and new quick release skewers and fittings. Fitted the front wheel only so far along with new pads and all is well again.
Great wheels, great bundle price and great service
I upgraded from some old Fulcrum 7s. I bought the 5s because I really enjoyed my 7s but I wanted something a little lighter, strong enough to beat on 3-5 days a week, and wouldn't break my budget. Wheels were perfectly true right out of the box. Tires slid right on without a lever. I paired it up with some 700x25mm tires, and it accommodates 32mm valve stems. My first ride seemed very smooth. The biggest improvement is the freehub. My 7s had the loudest pawls. The new 5s are stealth. Swapping my sram 10 speed cluster was easy. It comes with a spacer (that goes on first. It even has notches already if you have shimano 10) They come with skewers that are lightweight plastic, but seem pretty solid.
I have been off the bike a for the holiday and I'm still making adjustments from my over haul. I wish I had an apples to apples speed test but I can't say for sure. I think I'll be very happy with them as everyday wheels, and they look great.
Great set of wheel. Fulcrum 5s just keep getting better. Bought these as replacement for much loved, but worn out, Racing 5 Evolutions - not disappointed.