August 3, 2015
FLO Cycling - 11-Speed Gearing and Compatibility
As many of you have likely noticed, 11-speed gearing is here to stay. About a year ago, likely 10% of our orders were for 11-speed-compatible wheels.Today, that number is likely 70% or more. We get a lot of questions about 11-speed group sets and their compatibility with FLO wheels and I wanted to address them in this blog article.Here are a list of questions and answers to help you better understand how it all works.
Q1: Are FLO wheels compatible with 11-speed group sets?
A1: Yes. All FLO wheels now ship standard with 11-speed Shimano/SRAM free-hub bodies ready to accept 11-speed cassettes. If you have an 11-speed campy group set, be sure to select the "campy" option when you check out for a campy freehub body.
Q2: What about 9- and 10-speed group sets? Do they still work?
A2: Yes. All FLO wheels that ship with an 11-speed Shimano/SRAM free-hub body also ship with a 9/10-speed spacer. If you have a bike that still has 9- or 10-speed Shimano/SRAM gearing, simply install the spacer on the free-hub body before installing your cassette. There is no need to re-dish the wheel. With the 9/10-speed spacer in place, everything should line up perfectly with your 9- or 10-speed derailleur and be ready to shift.
If you are using a 9/10 campy groupset, you will not need any spacers. The free-hub body is the same length for all 9, 10, and 11-speed campy cassettes.
Q3: I have a thin spacer with my old cassette. Do I need to use that with my FLO wheel?
A3: Chances are, you are using Mavic wheels if you have a small spacer behind your cassette. Mavic machines their free-hub bodies a little longer than other manufacturers and as a result, you need to use a small spacer. When you switch to FLO wheels, you will not need this spacer.