FFWD teased the cycling masses with a glimpse of its Project Falcon wheel at last year’s Eurobike Show, showing off a radical new two spoke design that was the product of extensive wind tunnel testing – including being ridden under the auspices of pro teams Direct Energie and Arkea-Samic during last season.
Today, the Dutch brand unveiled the final production version of the Falcon wheel, touting it as the “fastest wheel ever.”
The Falcon comprises a unique design based on two spokes that bisect the centerline of the wheel, while the rim itself features variable depths of 48mm at the lowest point and 90mm at the highest point, as well as NACA profile shaped spokes, resulting in vastly reduced drag at the tip-off point of the wheel.
“The less drag you create the more watts you save during a ride and the more aerodynamic a wheel is. Within the most common yaw angles measured in several races, between 0 and 10 degrees, the Falcon outperforms on competitive front wheels by saving up to 9 watts,” says FFWD.
The Falcon is constructed with Toray 800 and 1000 series uni-directional carbon fiber, creating what FFWD calls the “best stiffness to weight ratio.”
According to FFWD, the Falcon also incorporates a wider rim in order to accommodate a larger selection of tires, resulting in improved aerodynamics. Moreover, the wheel will be available in clincher, tubular or tubeless-ready versions, as well as rim brake and disc brake variants to provide a number of different riding applications.
The Falcon will make its official debut during the Time Trial stage of this month’s Tour de France on July 19th.
Availability of the Falcon wheel will start in September, with pricing at 1899 euros for the front wheel and 1999 euros for the rear, across all versions.
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