Fast Forward FFWD F3R Carbon Tubular Wheelset with Cema cb and Continental Gatorskin Tires

Condition Used
Brand FFWD
Posted 14 Jan 2019
Category Wheelsets
Price RM 2,999.00
Front Axle QR (front)
Gear Range 11 speed
Material Carbon fibre
Rear Axle QR (rear)
Tire Mounting Tubular
Intended Use Road
Wheel Size 700c

Bought in Nov 2017. Used few times only.

Superstiff High Tensile TC35 Carbon
FFWD decals under clear coat
DT Swiss hubs and Aerolite spokes
Cema ceramic bearings
Rim type: full carbon tubular
Rim depth: 30mm
Rim width: 22.4mm
Weight: 1225 g (without tyres)
Spoke count (front/rear): 20/24 DT Aerolite spokes
DT Pro Lock Brass nipples
Hand built in The Netherlands
Comes with quick releases, swisstop carbon brakepads, wheel bag and Miche Light Primato 11spd 12-32 cassette
With Continental Gatorskin 700x25c (rear) & 700x22c (front) tires.
Shimano/SRAM hub body


The F3R FCT is low-profile full carbon wheelset. With a 30mm rim-depth the F3R offers an ideal and versatile combination of aerodynamics and handling in all conditions. The rims are handmade in the Netherlands of High-Tensile TC35 carbon. This gives the rims very high strength with sufficient stiffness.

The front wheel features 20 radial Sapim CX-Ray spokes and the rear wheel features 24 double crossed spokes to ensure optimum stiffness and a lossless power transmission.

FFWD uses High-Tensile TC-35 carbon for the majority of the lay-up. This gives the rim a very high strength with sufficient stiffness to cope with hard application of the wheels. FFWD actually uses multiple layers of different types of carbon. Only the outer layer is made of a 3K weave. Underneath this layer are layers of UDF (Uni-Directional Fiber) sheets. A mixture of different angles to resemble a uniform material. The different angles interconnect through the resin to make the wheel resistant to all kinds of forces.

The DARC technology stands for ‘Double Arc’ which refers to the profile of the rim. This will increase the pressure just like on the topside of an airfoil. Increased pressure results in a faster airflow and less resistance on the wheel which reduces the drag.

All rims are molded with a process FFWD calls ECOM (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.

FFWD works closely with industry partners such as SwissStop for development and testing brake surfaces and brake pad compositions. The most rims are built differently and require different brake surface compositions. FFWD evaluated the best options for each type of wheel and found ways to further improve them. The result is the Confidence Brake Technology (CBT). Each CBT equipped wheel delivers vastly improved stopping power by 30% and provides the rider with consistent, reliable and responsive braking control in all conditions.

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