FLO Cycling unveils all-new Carbon Clinchers
article & images by Nick Salazar
Mar 1, 2016
Like I said at the top, these wheels get my highest recommendation. They're light, fast, durable, and easy to work with. FLO has done an excellent job telling a compelling aerodynamic story, and checked every last box on my list. My biggest complaint in this review is that I had to send the wheels back. They were one of FLO's only review samples, and they wouldn't let me buy them to keep. I plan to buy several sets as soon as they are available, to keep on hand at TriRig HQ for both training and racing use. My hat is off to the Thornham brothers, they've done a really amazing job with this new lineup, and I expect their legendary sold-out status to continue with the new product flying out to consumers as fast as they can make it. Again, I have no financial interest in FLO or any other incentive to review them favorably. I'm just really impressed with the company, the product, and the story. Check out the gallery below for more shots of these beautiful hoops.
Incredible product. Compelling story. Unbeatable price.
The Dream Team
I was fortunate to review a whole collection of the new wheels, including a FLO 45 front, 60 front, 60 rear, 90 rear, and Disc. This dream team of five wheels clocks in at the price of one pair of wheels from a competitor, and covers virtually every imaginable training and racing situation.
The FLO Disc is based off of the design of the FLO 90, with the remainder of the wheel (the spoke fairing) optimized independently. This results in some strange-looking shapes, but an undeniably fast wheel.
FLO makes their own hubs, compatible with 10 and 11-speed cassettes. These are user serviceable, even on the disc, and are all laced with Sapim CX-ray spokes (except the discs, which get Sapim Laser spokes).
Design + Development
An exemplary and innovative design process led FLO on an incredible journey resulting in the wheels you see in this review. All images in this section courtesy FLO Cycling.