Fulcrum Announces New 29er Wheelset

29er Wheels

Advanced Red Metal 29 XRP Wheels Up the Game for Fulcrum

Fulcrum is embracing their mountain bike wheel lineup for 2013 with expanded offerings, especially for 29ers. The all new Fulcrum RED METAL 29 XRP wheelset is targeted to XC riders and racers and particularly the endurance/marathon racers and hoping to be racers. This is a more advanced edition that helped Fulcrum’s top racers reach several podiums this last season (using the Red Metal 29 XL). Fulcrum engineers work closely with their world class athletes (on the TX-Active Bianchi team) in an effort to improve the wheelset more.

The result of the improvements is the RED METAL 29 XRP, a tubeless wheelset burly enough for rugged terrain of the pro racing circuit. Key to the upgrade are the triple-milled, lightened rim, the new oversize carbon fiber hub and thinned straight head steel spokes with the unique Fulcrum Two-to-One™ spoke layout on the front wheel. Rotational weight was reduced in addition to the new design. The nipple material choice was modified to keep rotational weight down. These improvements create an elite level 29 inch wheel that weights 1635 grams but remains rigid but reactive for even the hard core racer. The RED METAL 29 XRP is available in 15mm thru-axle or QR versions and has was made for XC, Marathon and All Mountain use.

Product Higlights include:

Unique form provides more lateral stiffness. Weight reduction removes rotational weight translating into increased performance.

reduce the peripheral mass of the wheel, increasing its reactivity.

less weight, improved reactivity and stiffness

provides a high level of lateral stiffness and reduces the weight.

reduces the weight of the wheel – increases reactivity.

reduces the overall weight of the wheel.

From the Official Fulcrum Press Release:

The RED METAL 29 XRP completes the family of Fulcrum 29” wheels alongside its three big-wheeled brothers. The 2013 Fulcrum line-up offers a solution for all cyclists who choose to ride 29ers, from expert to beginner status and at all price points. The entire line can run either traditional quick release skewers or the stiffer 15mm through axle/quick release offering compatibility with any fork.
UST Ready
MSRP: $1599

The RED METAL 29 XL, the XRP’s predecessor, has proven its worth in numerous international pro races and has found its way upon the podium several times on the world stage. This high-end wheel is able to offer great performance in all areas at a slightly lower price point. Its performance pedigree is visible in its construction which includes: an oversize aluminum hub, oversized flanges on the drive side, industrial bearings for reduced friction and less rolling resistance and beefy aluminum spokes. Weighing in at 1770 for the pair, the RED METAL 29 XL is ready for competition at any level.
WEIGHT: 1770 grams
UST Ready
MSRP: $999

The RED POWER 29 XL offers a performance wheelset perfect for a wider audience. With its oversized aluminum hub, sealed industrial bearings, lightweight axle and the possibility to use either a traditional quick release or a 15mm QR, this wheelset is ready for your local xc or marathon or the long weekend ride with friends.
WEIGHT: 1915 grams
MSRP: $489 (not UST ready, but can use a conversion kit)

The RED POWER 29 SL is the entry level offering for the 29” family that offers the same sturdy and reliable construction that Fulcrum employs in the rest of the line. Fulcrum quality in a 29” wheelset that all cyclists can appreciate.
WEIGHT: 2085grams
MSRP: $399 (not UST ready, but can use a conversion kit)

For More Information: https://www.fulcrumwheels.com/en/collection/offroad/xc-all-mountain-29

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Arek says:

    They look good, but… No MSRPs? No details about rim profiles, width, rear hub engagement?..
    I checked their website, but couldn’t easily find anything there either.

  • Gregg says:

    Good questions, Arek. I’ve added pricing info to the article above.

    Rim width on all 4 models is 19mm.
    The XRP and XL have 68 points of engagement and are UST ready.
    The Power XL and Power SL are not UST ready, but you can use a conversion kit with them.

  • rob says:

    Hello i need to know if te XRP 29er rear wheel will take the sram xx 1.cassette drivetrain that comes in the set with the sram xx 1. set, or does Fulcrum have the drivetrain to take the sram xx 1. i cant see anything on the web sites to suggest the Fulcrum XRP as a drivetrain freehub with the wheel set just states oversize hub. Can someone tell me if the sram xx 1. drivetrain is compatible to the XRP or do they have their own supplied withe wheel set.

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