Facts and features from within the company!
FFWD Wheels specialises in Hand Built Carbon Wheels which are all assembled at our Head Quarter in the Dutch town of Zwolle. Our wheel builders pay close attention to every wheel and work from start to finish on each wheel. FFWD Wheels are no mass product! FFWD Wheels are of high quality; light, fast and strong! Hand built in the Netherlands.
All parts of the wheels have been selected fort heir high quality standards and reputation. Hubs by DT Swiss, spokes and nipples from Sapim and DT Swiss. Together with our rims the FFWD wheel builders create a durable product to make you go faster.
With one of the three hub options by DT Swiss (FFWD, DT240 or DT180) and Sapim CX-Ray or DT Aerolite spokes wheels are build in a traditional configuration with 20 spokes in the front wheel and 24 spokes in the rear wheel. The spokes are attached to the rim with DT Swiss Pro-Lock brass nipples. All FFWD rims are designed for outside spoke nipples to make service very easy.
During the building process of a wheel, spokes are being stretched to prevent you have to true the wheels after a certain time or distance. By stretching the spokes with lots of force you might not have to true the wheels for years.
Spoke tension for the front and rear wheels are:
It’s very important that each spoke has the right tension!
The FFWD carbon rims are designed to offer the best combination of Aerodynamics and strength at the lowest possible weight. To achieve this FFWD rims are built with different types of carbon. Below a 3k carbon layer as finish lies an UniDirectional carbon layer. The UniDirectional carbon offers stiffness and reduces the weight where the 3k layers offers strength and protects from possible impacts to the carbon.
In each FFWD rim there is a carbon reinforcement strip around the spoke holes to work with outside spoke nipples and to enable our wheel builders to put all the tension on the rims.
All FFWD rims are molded with a process we call EcomTM (Equal Compression). This means that the rims are molded with a custom-made air bag that has the inner shape of the rim . This makes sure that the pressure/compression is equal on the entire inner surface of the rim. Result is a practically void less rim section and a smooth wall on the inside of the rim. Without voids, the carbon sheets are completely fused into one system. The rim structure is much better and you can make the rim lighter and stronger.
It is also beneficial for the nipples that have a better seat on the carbon on a smooth surface. This will prevent spoke, nipple or spoke hole failures.
At FFWD Wheels we are constantly working on improvement of our products. In this process of testing different materials we know that sometimes the combination of compounds will make the difference between good or great. It’s extremely important for the best performance to use the recommended and supplied brake pads for all FFWD carbon rims.
Go faster with the power to stop!
The FFWD Confidence Brake Technology (CBT) for carbon rims delivers an improved modulation and reliability with an increase in stopping power by 30%. This technology will provide the rider with consistent and responsive braking control in all conditions.
Going faster starts with the confidence that you can!