Fulcrum Rapid Red Carbon gravel wheels perform well and look great

An appealing combination of strength, low weight and smart aesthetics coupled with excellent tubeless performance

Fulcrum Racing Red Carbon gravel wheels
(Image credit: Tim Russon)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

An excellent upgrade option for anyone wanting a rapid, beautifully made set of carbon gravel wheels that perform well and look great. Thoughtful touches add genuine value in terms of setup, serviceability and longevity.

Reasons to buy
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    Well built

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    Easy tubeless setup

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    Serviceable bearings

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    Smart aesthetics

Reasons to avoid
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    Mo-Mag Technology not easy without workshop

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The Rapid Red Carbon wheels from Fulcrum are a premium gravel option that blends ‘low weight, strength and reactivity’; or at least that is what Fulcrum claims anyway. They build on the high-end road range, but add extra strength and width to make them ideal for fat-tire antics.

Wheel upgrades have long been one of the best ways to improve a bike from stock, with a good set offering a lighter ride, easier handling, better stiffness and greater strength. As these are gravel wheels aero gains are less of a concern than with road wheels, but I’ll add a nicer aesthetic into the list of plus points, as there aren’t many gravel bikes that aren’t improved visually by a nice pair of carbon wheels.

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Tim Russon

Tim Russon is a writer and photographer who has worked in the outdoor and cycling industry for over 20 years. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t own a bike and has road, gravel, mountain and retro bikes in the shed. His favourite place to ride is the Dolomites, a simply stunning area which has breathtaking views and incredible roads combined with lovely food and great wine.

He prefers long, hot climbs in the big mountains, but as he lives on the edge of the Peak District he has to make do with short, cold climbs most of the time instead.

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