Fulcrum wheels makeover
Fashionable matt carbon is all very well but Colnago has answered requests from potential buyers by offering a glossy black C59
Fulcrum, the Campagnolo brand that enables a route-to-market for its wheels made compatible with the Shimano and SRAM component rivals, has a new variant of an existing wheelset and a flexible colour scheme option for the wider range.
The new wheels are deeper 80mm versions of the ongoing carbon Racing Speed XLR 50 set, a new profile "designed to better penetrate the air and guarantee extreme acceleration and manoeuvrability, even with a side wind," as Fulcrum puts it.
As for colour schemes, the new grey-on-black 'Dark Label' option, in addition to the continuing red accents, will enable buyers to key their Fulcrum wheels into a far wider range of frame manufacturers' own colour palettes. Particularly the many carbon frames with permutations on the theme of matt black.
Apart from the new Racing Speed XLR 80 wheels, the Dark Label option will be available on Racing Speed XLR 50, which both take tubular tyres, as well as the Racing Zero carbon wheels for clincher tyres.
New Dark Label colour option for existing Racing Zero clincher wheels
C59 flagship frame now glossy, too
The stealthy black signature colour scheme Colnago has been showing off on its latest featherweight and customizable C59 model is of-the-moment and displays the quality of the carbon-fibre a treat.
But for £3,399, potential customers sometimes have other ideas; not least in this case because the existing C50, Extreme C, Power and EPS series carbon frames have been available long-term in a simple glossy finish which appeals in a more traditional way.
Now the Italian maker has been convinced to come up with a shiny transparent black C59, the first two are in the country; one of them, as you read this, at Sigma Sport in Surrey.
In theory, you could wait as long as 16 weeks for a custom order but the distributors Windwave say they aim to keep the popular sizes and colours in stock.
New clear gloss finish on Colnago C59
The Rapha clothing 'Mobile Cycling Club' will be out in force tomorrow morning at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, offering coffee and sympathy to the 1,000 'lucky' mortals who get to beat themselves up on the legendary cobbles before the gods of cyclesport on Sunday.
Assuming that those 1,000 will now be lost in their own private world of worry and self-doubt, the rest of us can sit back and enjoy the film that Rapha made a few days ago when a small group rode the course. Not taking it too seriously, obviously.
All that money and no track pump; the Rapha boys nevertheless make it to Roubaix
New Giro Aeon range topper
At only 189 grams, the new flagship of Giro's helmet line is almost 100g lighter than the long-standing Ionos model but, of course, it still has to comply with CPSC standards, fit comfortably and adjust easily.
It certainly ought to because the price when it goes on sale in June will be £199.99, a new benchmark. We grabbed our first sample this week and were immediately reassured that, yes, the Roc Loc 5 retention felt as sound and secure as usual and, sure enough, amazingly light.
There will be eight colour schemes including 'limited-edition' Rabobank, Garmin‐Cervélo and World Champion options.
New Giro Aeon helmet £199.99, available June