FLO Cycling unveils all-new Carbon Clinchers
article & images by Nick Salazar
Mar 1, 2016  hits 87,786

Amazing collection of hoops.

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.

Pros
  • Superb aero design
  • Industry-low price
  • Excellent braking
  • Easily serviceable
  • Great company ethos
 
Cons
  • Using other brake pads voids warranty
  • Perennially sold out!
  • Possible to make a faster disc?

Incredible product. Compelling story. Unbeatable price.
Rating: 5.0


Tags » flocycling,  wheels

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 Dream Team
  • The Dream Team
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  • The Dream Team
  • The Dream Team
  • The Dream Team
  • The Dream Team

The Disc 

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.

  • The Disc
  • The Disc
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  • The Disc

The Details 

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).

  • The Details
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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.

  • Rim profiles for the Flo 45, 60, and 90.
  • FLO collected a wealth of data about the actual yaw angles riders most often see.
  • FLO collected a wealth of data about the actual yaw angles riders most often see.
  • FLO collected a wealth of data about the actual yaw angles riders most often see.
  • FLO collected a wealth of data about the actual yaw angles riders most often see.
  • FLO's yaw frequency statistic showed a prevalence of low-yaw conditions, even in courses like Ironman Hawaii.
  • Molding the tire/rim interface with a Continental GP4000S II tire, an aero and CRR leader.
  • Tracing the interior cavity of the mold and translating into 3D data.
  • The ultra-fine CFD mesh FLO used for its analysis and design.
  • Testing aero drag for a rim shape.
  • The Thornham brothers conducted extensive aero testing at the A2 facility.
  • Jon Thornham celebrates some good results in the tunnel.
  • Chris Thornham ensures accurate tire pressures during the tunnel tests.
  • Chris Thornham checks wheel alignment during the tunnel tests.

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