REVIEW: FFWD F6R Clinchers

REVIEW: FFWD F6R Clinchers

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The F6R clinchers is a great choice, if you are after speed, aerodynamics, liability and low maintenance. We gave them a go in the Pyrenees, to see how they perform in all types of terrain.

The Dutch wheel producer FFWD has established itself among the best in the world. This season, they have sponsored continental teams Topsort Vlanderen and Roompot-Oranje Peloton with world class tubulars.

We tested one of their top F6R_FCC_F_s2clincher models. The application of a carbon clincher set is obviously debatable. The experienced racer would naturally go for the tubulars instead, as it weighs 240 grams less than it’s clincher brother.

However, clinchers are lower maintenance, and all over more robust than a tubular set. As long as your wallet allows it, a pair of carbon clinchers like the F6R’s could be a perfect set for training.

Not very surprisingly, the 60 mm rims responded better on the flats than going uphill. Although not made for Tourmalet or Peyresourde, the F6Rs were satisfying on the climbs as well. Descending on a wheelset like this will also give you quite the experience.

COL D'ASPIN: Althoug not made for climbing, the F6Rs still did a very good job going upwards.
COL D’ASPIN: Althoug not made for climbing, the F6Rs still did a very good job going upwards.

Pros

  • Aerodnamics. Through many years of development, FFWD have come up with a solution that both looks and feels great. The way the F6R cuts through the air is simply remarkable. The wheels come into its own when you hit 40 or more kmh. The carbon 60 mm rim does its job magnificently. The flattened and aero-shaped spokes don’t hurt either.
  • Acceleration. The combination of the DT Swiss hub, the weight of the wheel, its stiffness, and its all togetherness, achieve great acceleration. Sprinting is certainly enjoyable on these wheels.
  • Brakes. The carbon brake surface developed by FFWD was more than satisfying. The brakes even responded very well on soaking wet roads. We met heavy rain on Col d’Aubisque. The brakes did not cheat us a single time, and made the arctic conditions quite enjoyable.
  • Low maintenance. Only one puncture in 800 kilometres. Easy to clean. The tube slipped easily in and out of the rim.
  • Exterior. Of course, this is up to you. However, it is hard to disagree that the wheels give a speedy and rough impression it is hard not to love. If you are not that into flashy red and white, the wheels also come in all black.
  • Extras. The wheels come with a FFWD bag, quick releases, and rim tape, naturally adorned with the FFWD logo. As goes for high profile rims, the tube valves need an extention. FFWD of course provide you with what you need.

Cons

  • Fragile. Without crashing, the rim ended up with a couple scratches that wouldn’t come off. Carbon rims suffer easier under scratches and small damages. However, you would want a wheel worth 1000 Euros to look flawless for more than a season.
  • Wobbly when windy. Naturally, a challenge for all 60 mm rims, so it is probably a bit unfair to mention this as a con. It is still something to keep in mind when buying high profile wheels.
  • Sticky rim tape. Although very good looking, the rim tape from FFWD was a bit hard to apply. They also got stuck to both tire and tube, which made the first tube change a bit more challenging than expected.

 Verdict

If you want an aerodynamic carbon clincher, the FFWD F6R could be your best choice. As the following comparison indicates, the F6R could be where you get the best deal (at least when it comes to weight):

Producer Model Rim height Weight Price
FFWD F6R FCC DT240 60 mm 1620 gram 1998.00 Euro
Zipp 404 NSW 58 mm 1555 gram 2800.00 Euro
Mavic CXR Ultimate  60C 60 mm 1825 gram 2000.00 Euro
Reynolds 58 AERO 58 mm 1580 gram 2500.00 Euro

We were at least impressed by the F6Rs, which gave us a good time in the Pyrenees. They are definitely the ultimate choice if you appreciate fist bumps from Colombians in Bagnere-de-Luchon.

About The Author

Erik Markussen studiert Jura in Oslo. Als Fahrrad-Verrückter hat er in der Vergangenheit schon für verschiedene Norwegische Zeitungen gearbeitet. Er ist außerdem passionierter Langläufer und selbsternannter Kevin Réza-Fan.

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