Just took delivery of the new 2017 Fulcrum Zero clincher in the new wide C17 rim profile.
By way of background I am coming off a year of using the 2016 wide Bora 50mm Clincher. I think Bora are, without question, the best wheels around. I plan to go back to Bora in 2017 but in tubular. My winter wheels and rides with some gravel consisted on some hand built DT swiss rims laced to Chris King R45 hubs. I wanted a wheel that I could ride year round and wasn't as, say, "classic" as a pair of handbuilts but had some modern advancements but could handle the pot holes of winter and the occasional gravel road.Fulcrum Zero C17
I've ridden the Fulcrum One is 2-way before and really, really liked that wheel. I only got rid of it because the 2-way rim profile made mounting a clincher difficult and I liked tubeless but was always worried about flatting (which never happened).
The 2017 Fulcrum has a new rim profile called C17 - basically it's wider than years past. I've ridden some really wide wheels such as Enve 3.4 clinchers and HED Belgium Plus - the C17 isn't as wide as those wheels, but for sure is wider than, say, a mavic Ksyrium. I mounted it with 23mm Vitorria Corsa tires and the 23mm tire width lined up with the rim with no bulge. My guess is it probably measures 24mm - but I don't have a tool to measure - my friend commented that the tires "looked bigger than 23mm" - which is always the case with any wide ride.
The ride on the Zeros was as expected. Awesome. Plenty stiff - I had no brake rub on hard efforts. Plenty comfy - the hubs, like all campy hubs - roll incredibly well. I did my normal route which consists of some decent rolling hills, some flats, a 1k climb and a good descent. These wheels never left me wanting. Sure if I'm pulling on the flats the 50mm Bora really shines, but outside of that the Zero is a perfectly capable wheel that does everything with aplomb. Give the almost 100 gram weight difference between these and the Boras (zeros are lighter) steep inclines went a bit better on the zero. One note: these hubs, for whatever reason, roll silent. You cost and there is literally no sound - unlike most wheels, including the Boras, that when you cost you hear the sound of the pauls clicking over. These hubs along with my EPS shifting meant the bike barely produced any noise - something that was new to me.
Finish - the aluminum silver brake track is what it is - ideally I'd like the nite finish but couldn't justify the price difference. However, it was also a pleasure to go back to standard braking - it just works and it does it great. The finish of the rims is top notch and the wheels just look sturdy and well built. The carbon hubs, though, have a finish that is only OK. There is heavy layer on them that shows a high glossy finish. They are not matte like in years past. I'm OK with it since the colors are different and, frankly, a but muted, but it isn't totally ideal. Also note: for 2017 the wheels came with no wheel bags.
All in all this is great wheel set and should be considered by anyone looking for a good all-around performing wheel.FullSizeRender FullSizeRender