The FFWD DARC profile is the rim shape that make FFWD wheels more aerodynamic by reducing drag. This profile is features on all rims from 45mm and above (F4, F6 and F9).
Read more about this in this story!
The braking performance on carbon has improved tremendously over the last years. The brake layers of FFWD carbon rims have evolved into high-tech layers with great performance. Together with the evolvement of brake pads the brake performance is nowadays almost equal to aluminium in both wet conditions as on descents.
Read more about our different brake layer technologies in this story!
Please read our story about how we build all wheels by hand in Zwolle, The Netherlands!
In case of bad luck, FFWD supports you by offering replacement rims for half the regular price. This is on top of the 2-year warranty if you have registered your wheels as first owner.
When sending the broken wheel(s) to us we will rebuild them with te old hub, a new rim and new spokes. The rim will be charged at half the regular price of a new rim and in addition we charge 50 Euro for spokes and labor. For the latest CRP price of your wheel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can send the wheel(s) to our service department in The Netherlands by completing the form on our website; www.ffwd.com/service
As we are all passionate about cycling at FFWD Wheels we care about high quality clothing!
For this reason we offer a FFWD cycling kit and other items. These can be found and ordered through our webshop!
In order to make the best use of your tubeless wheels please follow our instructions and recommendations.
FFWD Wheels does not recommend the use of adhesive rim tape for mounting tubular tires. Tubular tires are best fitted to the rim when glued with specific glue for carbon rims.
NEVER sand a carbon rim!!
NEVER use a metal tool to mount the tire!!
Unfortunately there are fake FFWD wheels being offered. We are aware of this and do our best to stop this.
You can check a few things to determine if it concern official FFWD wheels:
– FFWD wheels have a serial number at the valve hole
– FFWD wheels are build with 3 hub options produced by DT Swiss (FFWD, DT240 or DT180)
Wheels without serial number at the valve hole, with other brand of hubs are most likely not an original FFWD Wheel product. If you have any doubts please contact us to be sure!
Remember that in most cases when something seems too good to be true, it usually is!
Buying fake products is not only dangerous but illegal as well.
For those riding 10 speed compatible FFWD Wheels wanting to upgrade to Shimano 11 speed, FFWD Wheels offers 11 speed upgrade kits for both the FFWD hubs and the DT Swiss hubs.
FFWD hubs from 2011 (see picture) and onwards can be upgraded to 11 speed. The 2011 FFWD hub is shown on the picture below. DT Swiss hubs are always upgradable from 10 to 11 speed.
You can find the spare parts in our webshop!
No, you should not use brake pads for carbon rims on alloy rims!
The FFWD brake pads by Swissstop are developed and intended for use on carbon rims. When using these pads on alloy rims you get little pieces of alloy in the brake pads which will cause damage when using carbon rims again. The use of brakes pads on FFWD carbon wheels which have been used on alloy brake surface before will void any warranty claims.
Check this document to see the different FFWD hub options and their compatibility!
FFWD by DT Swiss
The best hubs based on price and quality. High-end hubs with the least rolling resistance keep on going when you give them a spin.
These hubs are derived from its MTB version with a closed bearing sealing that offers many kilometers of service free riding.
High-end hubs fitted with Ceramic bearings and a carbon hub shell eliminating those final grams off your bike.
We don’t offer other logo colors outside the standard options as mentioned with each model!
The FFWD logo on our rims is underneath a clear coating which means they will last forever. This process is time consuming and therefore not possible to customize. If you have seen different colors in the past it can be from a special which we did for a bike brand, a team or a limited edition.
If you want to clean your carbon or alloy brake surface without harming the material of the rim or influence the braking performance we recommend to clean your rims with Acetone.
You can use a solvent like benzene (white spirit) to get the glue off. But if it is not much then you can glue the new tire on top of the ‘old’ glue. This will soften up when it comes in contact with the new glue.
NEVER use a sharp or hard tool to scrape off the glue. You could damage the carbon rim and endanger the structural integrity.
Only DT Swiss Aerolite and Sapim CX-Ray spokes are used to build FFWD wheels. Both of them are pretty much identical.
Aero, strong, durable and very lightweight.
Front wheel is pre-tensioned with 90/100kgF in each spoke.
Rear wheel is pre-tensioned with 110/120kgF Drive side.
Rear wheel (NDS) and Front disc wheel (DS) tension will vary based on hub selection and necessary tension to bring the wheel into dish.
(The old F2R wheels are set up with 10kgF less for both the front and rear wheel)
Important note: each spoke should have the same tension.
We use brass nipples on all our laced wheels as part of our ‘no-headache’ approach. It is such a small weight difference (around 28g per set) that we rather lace an easy serviceable wheel. Alloy nipples don’t offer the serviceability like brass nipples do.