Each FFWD wheel is built in our production facility in the Netherlands using the highest quality materials and components. You can learn more about our Built in Holland philosophy here.
For hub selection, we have chosen to partner with the global leader in high-performance hub technology, DT Swiss. This close partnership allows us to focus exclusively on building superior performance rims and wheels, while DT Swiss focuses on R&D, testing and manufacturing of hubs.
Sure, we could design and manufacture our own proprietary hubs and charge a premium like many competitors, but that is not FFWD Wheels.
An additional benefit of using DT Swiss hubs is the availability of replacement parts for dealers and consumers along with a worldwide service network should a wheel ever need repair.
Disc brake models such as the F3AD TLR, F3D FCC TLR, F4D FCC TLR, F6D FCC TLR are available with either the DT 350 Center Lock or DT 240 Center Lock straight pull hubs with 12mm thru-axle (F: 12/100mm, R: 12/142mm).
Models such as the RYOT44 and DRIFT are available with the latest DT240 EXP hub and the RAW with the DT180 EXP Sinc Ceramic center lock straight pull hubs with 12mm thru-axle (F: 12/100mm, R: 12/142mm).
Track wheel sets are built with FFWD proprietary hubs that have been designed to offer superior performance for the rigorous demands on the velodrome.
Each Fast Forward rim brake wheel set is built using a 20 spoke front radial lacing pattern and a 24 spoke rear wheel in a 2:1 lacing pattern.
Disc brake models are built using a 24 spoke front and rear wheel utilizing a 2:1 lacing pattern.
The 2:1 spoke lacing pattern allows two spokes to carry out the function of one, slackening and torsion are limited and power transfer from the rider is much more effective.
Additionally with the 2:1 lacing pattern spoke tensions are balanced more evenly between drive and non-drive sides of the wheel and the fatigue life of the rim, hub and spokes is lengthened.
The performance result is a 17% increase in stiffness over classic spoke lacing patterns and a much more responsive durable wheel.
DT Swiss Aerolite bladed straight pull spokes and DT Prolock brass nipples are utilized in each build. These component choices again offer reliability and serviceability of the wheel.
Both the hub and spoke selection in combination with our rim technologies and proprietary building techniques result in wheels with a higher durability, stiffness and more responsiveness than previously available on the market.
FFWD Wheels would rather lace an easily serviceable wheel that will offer superior durability, performance and low-maintenance than to cut corners or shave a few grams.