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For those of you who don't know FLO, the actual process to get to the production wheels that are now available, has actually been two years in the making. Several production issues delayed the wheels introduction to the market. As the saying goes, everything happens for a reason...and while we're sure the setbacks have certainly been a headache for the guys at FLO, the end result is a far superior wheel than they would have been able to bring to the market originally.

First Look

Summary
Needless to say, we were pumped to hear that after all the setbacks, the guys at FLO were pleased with their product and ready to finally launch the wheels. Even better, we have had a set for almost a week now to play with. From what we have seen so far, we are thoroughly impressed.







We were also surprised at the amount of technology that has been poured into theses wheels. FLO used CFD data to design their fairing shapes and they are wind tunnel tested from one of the most well known low speed tunnels around. The carbon fairing also sports a toroidal shape, which has been proven to be a superior design when it comes to reducing drag. It's not often that you can hold a product with one of the lowest price points in it's market and not find anything wrong right off the bat. However, this has been the case with FLO wheels. When tyring to come up with the "cons" of the wheels, we simply don't have any yet. The one factor that could come into play is durability, and we simply haven't had them long enough to make a statement on that. But, common sense tells us that aluminum wheels with top of the line Sapim CX-Ray spokes should be pretty much bomb proof. Time will tell, and we will definitely put the miles on them before posting our final review.







The price point of FLO wheels opens up race wheels to an entire new market as someone can obtain race wheels for approximately $1000. From what we have seen, the wheels are not only dirt cheap, but really well built. The carbon fairing (shiny in our pics, will be matte on production wheels) seems a tad sturdier than others wheels. This just makes for a nicer wheel even though we realize it doesn't aid in structural performance. The Vortex hubs appear to be well built as well. You choose to go with the standard stainless bearings or go for a ceramic upgrade.









At TriBomb, we are not quick to jump to conclusions on products. So far, we think all of the hype around these wheels is well deserved. We currently have a FLO 60 Front and a FLO 90 Rear (clydesdale - no we aren't, but that's all that was available for demo). We should be receiving a FLO Disc in the coming weeks as well. We have already started using and abusing the wheels and will be back with our final review on the wheels.

They add a nice touch to the Shiv Expert we are currently reviewing.







Our scale weighed the wheels slightly heavier than the claimed weight.

FLO 90 (Clydesdale) Rear Wheel


FLO 60 Front Wheel


In the mean time, check out the specs and pricing below. One cool thing to note is the plethora of decal color combinations from FLO. You can see all of those in the gallery at the bottom of the page.

Launch Pricing (10:00am PST to 2:00pm PST ONLY) Front FLO 60 and 90: $424 $375 ($49 Savings)
Rear FLO 60 and 90: $474 $425 ($49 Savings)
FLO DISC: $599 $500 ($99 Savings)
Ceramic Bearing upgrades will be $100 per wheel

Once the pre-order is complete the regular pricing will be as follows.

Regular Price
Front FLO 60 and 90: $424
Rear FLO 60 and 90: $474
FLO DISC: $599
Ceramic Bearing upgrades will be $100 per wheel

The specs for each wheel are below.

FLO 60


Front Wheel
Weight 875 grams
Rim FLO WIDE RIDE (24.4mm Brake Track)
Fairing FLO Wide Toroidal (60mm Depth)
Fairing Material Matte Carbon Fiber (3k Weave)
Spokes Sapim CX-Ray
Spoke Count 20
Spoke Pattern Radial
Max Fairing Width 27.2mm
Hubs FLO VORTEX Hubs (Stainless Bearings)

Rear Wheel
Weight 1061 grams (1089 grams Clydesdale)
Rim FLO WIDE RIDE (24.4mm Brake Track)
Fairing FLO Wide Toroidal (60mm Depth)
Fairing Material Matte Carbon Fiber (3k Weave)
Spokes Sapim CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24 (28 for Clydesdale 198-242lbs)
Spoke Pattern 2 Cross (3 Cross Clydesdale)
Max Fairing Width 27.2mm
Hubs FLO VORTEX Hubs (Stainless Bearings)

FLO 90


Front Wheel
Weight 952 grams
Rim FLO WIDE RIDE (24.4mm Brake Track)
Fairing FLO Wide Toroidal (90mm Depth)
Fairing Material Matte Carbon Fiber (3k Weave)
Spokes Sapim CX-Ray
Spoke Count 20
Spoke Pattern Radial
Max Fairing Width 27.2mm
Hubs FLO VORTEX Hubs (Stainless Bearings)

Rear Wheel
Weight 1138 grams (1170 grams Clydesdale)
Rim FLO WIDE RIDE (24.4mm Brake Track)
Fairing FLO Wide Toroidal (90mm Depth)
Fairing Material Matte Carbon Fiber (3k Weave)
Spokes Sapim CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24 (28 for Clydesdale 198-242lbs)
Spoke Pattern 2 Cross (3 Cross Clydesdale)
Max Fairing Width 27.2mm
Hubs FLO VORTEX Hubs (Stainless Bearings)

FLO DISC


Weight 1260 grams (1299 grams Clydesdale)
Rim FLO WIDE RIDE (24.4mm Brake Track)
Fairing FLO Lenticular Disc
Fairing Material Matte Carbon Fiber (3k Weave)
Spokes Sapim Laser
Spoke Count 24 (28 for Clydesdale 198-242lbs)
Spoke Pattern 2 Cross (3 Cross Clydesdale)
Max Fairing Width 27.2mm
Hubs FLO VORTEX Hubs (Stainless Bearings)

Check back soon for our in-depth review of the FLO Wheels after we have put some miles on them.

Manufacturer's Website
www.flocycling.com

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