March 12, 2013

FLO Cycling - FLO 30 Prototypes are Here!


The FLO 30 prototypes showed up today and Chris and I have been grinning ear to ear all day.  We just got back from our first test ride and absolutely love the wheels.  In our original post on the FLO 30's (you can find the original post here) we discussed how our original intent in the design process was to create the equivalent of a swiss army knife in a cycling wheel.  We feel that's exactly what we've created and we have achieved the original design goals.  

  1. Very Aerodynamic (awaiting wind tunnel results)
  2. Bombproof
  3. Built with Quality Components
  4. Lightweight and Quality Build
  5. Ease of Use
  6. Very Affordable Pricing
A Few Quick Facts

First Ride
The first ride was awesome.  We could not be happier with the wheels.  They felt light, fast and very responsive.  The also added a layer of confidence when handling was concerned.  We hit a few windy sections and couldn't feel a thing in the cross winds.  

Angled Brake Tracks
The profile utilizes angled brake tracks and they look really cool.  There is no issue with braking and the wheels fit easily into a bike that has been fit for FLO wheels.  There is no need to adjust the brakes!

FLO 30 Profile with Angled Brake Tracks


Weight
Our goal was to keep the FLO 30s as light as possible.  The total set weight is 1,624grams and well within our weight range.  

Front Wheel: 725g
Rear Wheel: 899g

Pricing
We are going to hit our initial target for pricing.  The wheels will be $498 for the set.

Front Wheels: $224
Rear Wheels: $274

Here are a number of pictures of the wheels.  We hope you enjoy them!

FLO 30 Set Without Tires

FLO 30 Profile Shot
FLO 30's with Tires


FLO 30 Profile Shot with Tire Notice the Angled Brake Tracks

FLO 30 Profile Shot with Tire

FLO 30's on a Bike

FLO 30's on a Bike

FLO 30's on a Bike

A Very Happy Jon with the FLO 30 Prototypes on the first Ride!

Take care,

Jon and Chris


28 comments:

Unknown said...

weight restrictions?

Brian Hopkins said...

I'll take 2 sets, when can I have them?

FLO Cycling said...

Unknown,

The weight limits will be the same as our other FLO wheels. Standard builds with 24 rear spokes will be up to 198lbs and Clydesdale builds with 28 rear spokes will be up to 242lbs.

Front wheels with 20 spokes will have 20 front spokes and will be rated up to 242lbs.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Take care,

Chris

FLO Cycling said...

Brian,

We are running these prototypes through their paces right now. We are planning on having these available in Q2 of this year. We'll be keeping everyone updated via a newsletter. If you'd like to sign up you can at our homepage http://www.flocycling.com

Take care,

Chris

Nick said...

Those look pretty sweet!!
What type of coating do the brake tracks have?
(Curious as to how long the black colored coating will last before braking wear and tear break through and they show the silver aluminum color)

FLO Cycling said...

Nick,

These have the same anodizing that your FLO 60, 90 and DISC have. For some people they black never wears off and for others it wears off quickly. It depends on primarily the weather you ride in and the type of brake pads you use. Wet weather makes the black wear off quickly.

Take care,

Chris

Wenqi Zhang said...

Can you tell us what the rim weight is?

FLO Cycling said...

Wenqi Zhang,

The wheel set is 1585 grams which is lighter than we anticipated.

Take care,

Chris

Shawn L said...

Will black spokes ever be an option?

FLO Cycling said...

Shawn L,

Thanks for writing. We are not planning on offering black spokes for now. They increase the price of the wheels and add additional time to the production.

I hope that makes sense,

Chris

pitrebraunwedding said...

Hey Chris -

I know you guys are primarily focused on triathalon, but I would love to know that you have given the Flo 30 wheels to someone racing in other disciplines (like crits) and willing to give you honest feedback. How do they respond out of corners? Are they stiff and response enough? Is the spoke tension dialed in? Also, I think the 30's, with the tubeless ready option, may be IDEAL for gravel grinder racers. I would love to hear they are robust enough for that as well. I know you guys will have the aero bit dialed!

George Widenor said...

Another awesome looking product. I will be waiting for these. Really enjoy my FLO 60/90 combo but having training/climbing wheels at the same width will be fantastic!

FLO Cycling said...

pitrebraunwedding,

We will certainly be putting these wheels thoroughly through their paces. We realized that aero isn't every thing and feel this wheel could be very popular to use for crits.

Take care,

Chris

FLO Cycling said...

George Widenor,

Thanks for the kind words. We have been putting quite few miles on the new wheels and we are really happy with their performance.

Chris

John said...

What is the weight estimate with ceramic bearings. Have you a weight estimate for the Clydesdale version. 80 grams penalty seems high. I would have guessed 40. I could go standard but more spokes is not always bad

Joel Brown said...

Great looking wheels and good ideas.
I saw wind tunnel testing mentioned. When will the results be available?
Can you say who is making the rims or where?

FLO Cycling said...

John,

Ceramic bearings are pretty much the exact same weight. Maybe 1 gram more actually. I'm not sure where you saw 80 grams as the increase in weight for clydesdale... it's only between 30 and 40 grams.

Take care,

Chris

FLO Cycling said...

Joel,

Thanks for the compliments. We are scheduled to be in the wind tunnel in early April. We'll have the results up shortly after that. The rims are proprietary to FLO. We have developed custom molds for the FLO 30. They are manufactured in Taiwan.

Take care,

Chris

John said...

Very good to hear that the Clydesdale version only is 30-40 grams more. The following 30 sound very cool.

FYI I hot the 80 gram estimate from your blog on 10/29/12. It provided a target weight of 1599 grams for normal and 1680 for clydesdale. You may want to update.

FLO Cycling said...

John,

I didn't realize that estimate was there. We must have made an error when writing that article. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll get it updated as you suggested.

Take care,

Chris

rstapleton said...

Good luck at A2! Let the force be with you, or at least not against you. :)

Will you be able to test with some fast tires, like the Botrager R4 or Conti Attack/TT? Maybe a referance run with some other aero-marketed wheels?

Russ

FLO Cycling said...

rstapleton,

We tested the Bontrager R4 Aero, Michelin PRO 4 Service Course, Conti GP 4000s, and Vitorria Tri. The Conti was by far the most aero tire we tested. We did not test any other companies wheels. That said we used standard testing protocol. A2 Wind Tunnel, 30mph wind speed, 0-25 degrees of yaw testing by 2.5 degree increments and we removed the tare.

Take care,

Chris

Unknown said...

These look great -just the ticket I'm looking for as my Mavic rear had the seam reinforcement break, which is clanking around inside the rim.

Any chance you'd like these rims to be tested in the Rapha Gentlemen's race on May 4th? 120-140 miles underneath a reasonably strong 185 lb dude?

Steve said...

So what did the depth wind up at (30?)and the width of brake tract (min/max) (24-25.8)?

Your post shows the original climber cross section.......so that is history?

Your still tubeless ready right?

Color options still same as 60-90?

FLO Cycling said...

Steve,

All of the specs from our original article remained the same http://flocycling.blogspot.com/2012/10/flo-cycling-flo-30-previously-flo.html

To answer your questions...

So what did the depth wind up at (30?)and the width of brake tract (min/max) (24-25.8)?

Yes to Both.

Your post shows the original climber cross section.......so that is history?

The FLO 30 replaced the FLO CLIMBER... so yes it is history.

Your still tubeless ready right?

Yes still tubeless ready. You will need a Stan's kit or similar though.

Color options still same as 60-90?

I'm assuming you mean stickers. And yes there will be 18 color options for the FLO 30s.

Take care,

Chris

FLO Cycling said...

Unknown,

Thanks for the compliments! We currently do not need any more test riders. Thank you for your inquiry though.

Chris

Thomas Fiedler said...

Great looking wheels!

What type of tires do you use? Do you black out the tire´s decals?

What are the shipping costs to Germany?

FLO Cycling said...

Thomas,

Thanks for the kind words. The tires in these shots were cheap testing tires. We normally use Continental GP 4000 S tires. The tires in the pictures did not have labels which is why everything is black.

Shipping to Germany is about $80 USD for two wheels.

Take care,

Jon