December 26, 2016
FLO Demo/Blemish Sale
We hope you are all having a Happy Holiday season. On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:00am PST we will have a Demo/Blemish Sale. The wheels will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and quantities will be limited. For more information on the Demo/Blemish Sale, please see all of the information below.
What is a Blemished Wheel?
The Blemished wheels have a cosmetic defect, but are in full working order and ship with our full two year warranty. A cosmetic blemish is a surface imperfection in the carbon fiber fairing or aluminum rim. Examples of cosmetic blemishes are pitting, scratches, small dents, or discoloration of the carbon fiber typically seen as a cloudy appearance.
What is a Demo Wheel?
A Demo wheel is a wheel that has been used as a demo. The number of miles on each wheel varies but non of the wheels exceed 100 miles.
Demo/Blemish Wheel Questions
Q1. Where can I enter the Demo/Blemish Sale?
A1. You can enter the FLO Store here at 10:00am PST. The shop page will have a countdown timer before the sale starts.
Q2. Will I need an account to shop with FLO?
A2. Yes, you will need an account. Creating an account before the sale is advised, since all wheels are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can create an account here.
Q3. How do I select the wheels I'd like to purchase?
A3. There will be two products in the shopping cart. The first is a "Demo Wheel Product" and the second is a "Blemished Wheel Product". Each product will have a list of wheels available for sale.
Q4. How many wheels do you have?
A4. Wheels are very limited in quantity and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are less than 50 wheels available.
Q5. When should I be online?
A5. If you would like to be part of the sale we suggest being on the site at 9:55am PST. Our last Blemished/Demo sale sold out in minutes. We are not pressuring you to buy, we just want to be honest about the number of wheels available and how long they may last.
Q6. What discount will be applied to the wheels?
A6. Discounts range from $50-$200 per wheel.
Q7. Do the wheels ship with a warranty?
A7. All wheels will have our standard 2 year warranty.
Q8. Can wheels be returned?
A8. All sales during the Blemished/Demo sale are final.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Jon & Chris
November 27, 2016
Cyber Monday SaleOur Black Friday Sale was awesome so why not have a Cyber Monday Sale? All wheels will be $50 off on Monday, November 28th, 2016 from 10:00am - 10:00pm PST while supplies last. As an additional bonus, all wheel orders will receive a free Silca EOLO III CO2 Regulator. For more infomation on our Cyber Monday Sale, please see the information below!
Cyber Monday Sale Information
Cyber Monday Sale Time: Monday, November 28th, 2016 from 10:00am - 10:00pm PST. All sales will take place at our online shop. You will need a store account to checkout. We recommend creating your account here before the order starts to save time.
All wheels will be $50 off
Free Bonus Items
All wheel orders will receive free a Silca EOLO III C02 Regulator.
Quantities on all wheels are limited. Wheels will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wheels are scheduled to start shipping on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 and shipping is estimated to be completed by Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.
If you have any further questions about our Cyber Monday Sale, please feel free to contact us!
Jon and Chris
November 21, 2016
We're having a Black Friday Sale! All wheels will be $50 off on Friday, November 25th, 2016 from 10:00am - 2:00pm PST while supplies last. As an additional bonus, all FLO 60s and FLO 90s will receive free Silca valve extenders, FLO 30s and 45s will receive free Continental Race Tubes, and all FLO DISCS will receive a free Silca DISC Tool. For more information on our Black Friday Sale please see the information below!
Black Friday Sale Information
Black Friday Sale Time: Friday, November 25th, 2016 from 10:00am - 2:00pm PST. All sales will take place at our online shop. You will need a store account to checkout. We recommend creating your account here before the order starts to save time.
All wheels will be $50 off
Free Bonus Items
All FLO 60s and 90s will receive free Silca valve extenders, all FLO 30s and FLO 45s will receive free Continental Race tubes and all FLO DISCS will receive a free Silca DISC Tool.
Quantities on all wheels are limited. Wheels will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wheels are scheduled to start shipping on Monday November 28th, 2016 and shipping is estimated to be completed by Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.
If you have any further questions about our Black Friday Sale, please feel free to contact us!
Jon and Chris
November 2, 2016
When we were in Hawaii, we had the opportunity to sit down with the guys at TrainerRoad for a interview. We spoke in depth about wheels, aerodynamics, gear selection, and many other cool topics. Below we've posted a link to the interview. If you have a minute, give it a listen.
We hope you enjoy the interview. If you have any questions or comments about the interview, we'd love to hear them below.
September 16, 2016
We're excited to announce our new partnership with TriRig. TriRig's amazing new triathlon bike, the TriRig OMNI, has a build spec that features the all new FLO 60 and FLO 90 Carbon Clinchers. TriRig's venture into manufacturing bikes, and the OEM partnership for FLO, is a first for both of us.
Nick Salazar from TriRig.com gave us a presentation on the bike a short while ago, and we were highly impressed with the bike and how much thought went into its design. The design of the TriRig OMNI has some of the best integrations we've ever seen on a tri bike. It’s refreshing to see so much thought packed into a single bike. The design takes everything into consideration including the the person riding it and working on it.
If you are in the market for a new tri bike we highly recommend taking a look at the TriRig OMNI.
Here's to the new FLO OMNI/FLO partnership.
September 8, 2016
Order 27 will begin Thursday, September 15th at 10:00am PDT. All FLO Wheels will be available during Order 27.
In appreciation for passing 10,000 likes on Facebook, we are going to have a four hour Flash Sale during Order 27. The Flash Sale will run from 10:00am PDT to 2:00pm PDT on September 15, 2016. Full details on the products and discounts are listed below!
Every wheel purchased within the first four hours will also receive a FREE Silca Valve Extender (FLO 60s and 90s), Continental tube (FLO 30s and 45s), or Silca FLO DISC Tool (FLO DISCS). The best way to get ready for Order 27 is to read the "General Information" and FAQ below. We can't thank you enough for your support and patience. If you have any questions about Order 27 please let us know.
Flash Sale Information
Flash Sale Time: Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 10:00am PDT - 2:00pm PDT
Aluminum + Carbon Wheel Pricing
FLO 60 Front Wheels - Was $449, Now $399 - $50 off per wheel
FLO 60 Rear Wheels - Was $499, Now $449 - $50 off per wheel
FLO 90 Front Wheels - Was $449, Now $399 - $50 off per wheel
FLO 90 Rear Wheels - Was $499, Now $449 - $50 off per wheel
FLO DISC Wheels - Was $649, Now $599 - $50 off per wheel
Carbon Clincher Wheel Pricing
FLO DISC Wheels - Was $949, Now $849 - $100 off per wheel
FLO 30 Wheel Pricing
FLO 30 Front Wheels - Was $224, Now $174 - $50 off per wheel
FLO 30 Rear Wheels - Was $274, Now $224 - $50 off per wheel
General Information- Order 27 begins September 15, 2016 at 10:00am PDT. Access the store here. You will need a store account to checkout. We recommend creating your account here before the order starts to save time.
- Quantities on all wheels are limited.
- On September 15, 2016 the "Store" page will feature a countdown timer one hour prior to the start of Order 27. When it hits 00:00:00:00 refresh your page to begin shopping.
- 800 wheels will be available during Order 27.
- All wheels will be available during Order 27.
- Wheels are scheduled to start shipping on Friday September 16, 2016 and shipping is estimated to be completed by September 30, 2016.
- All sales are on a first-come-first-serve basis. We are working hard to eventually have stock. For more information, please read this blog article.
- Orders tend to sell out quickly. Popular wheels can sell out in less than two minutes. We suggest being online at 9:55am PDT if you are interested in buying wheels. We are not trying to be pushy we just want to be honest.
- Adding a wheel to your shopping cart does not guarantee it is yours. You must check out to confirm your order.
Questions About Order 27
Q1. How and where do I place my order?
A1. The store will open 10:00am PDT on September 15th, 2016. On the morning of the order, the store page will have a count down timer on it. When the count down timer hits 00:00:00:00, refresh your browser to access the store and begin shopping!
Note* You will need to create an account to shop in our online store. To save time during Order 27, we highly recommend creating an account before Order 27 begins. You can create your account here.
Q2. Do we have live up to date inventory on our site?
A2. That’s sort of a yes and no question. When you select the product you will see how many are available under the “Bearings or Bearing/Build” pull down menus (The “Sticker Color” pull down does not show how many wheels are in stock.). If there is one left and you add it to your cart it does not mean you have secured the wheel. You must complete your transaction to confirm the wheel is yours. If someone else has bought the wheel before you've checked out, you will receive an out of stock warning when you hit the confirm order button.
Q3. My page is really slow. What should I do? (We hope this doesn’t happen!)
A3. We have done all we can to beef up the server to prevent issues. That said there are no guarantees. When you add a wheel to your cart it may take a second or two to load. Please do NOT hit the "Add to Cart" button multiple times. If you do, you will add more then one wheel to your shopping cart. If there are any technical difficulties during the sale, please be patient, we will be working to correct them as soon as humanly possible. If your page is slow after hitting the “Confirm Order” button, PLEASE DO NOT REFRESH YOUR BROWSER.
Q4. Will I get a Silca Valve Extender, Continental Tube, or Silca FLO DISC Tool?
A4. A FREE Silca Valve extender will be included with each FLO 60 and 90, a free tube will be given with each FLO 30 and FLO 45, and a free Silca FLO DISC Tool will be given with each FLO DISC.
Q5. When will the wheels ship to me?
A5. Shipping is scheduled to start on Friday, September 16th and is estimated to be completed by Friday, September 30th. If you have questions about the shipping schedule, please let us know.
Q6. Do you still sell wheels with ceramic bearings?
A6. For 2016 we have discontinued our ceramic wheel line. After testing, we did not find there was a performance improvement over our Japanese EZO stainless steel bearings.
Q7. Do you offer Shimano 11 speed freehub bodies?
A7. All of our rear wheels ship with 8/9/10/11 speed compatible freehub bodies. They also ship with a spacer for people running 9/10 speed cassettes.
Q8. What payment methods do you accept?
A8. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We do not accept PayPal.
We hope that this answers your questions about Order 27. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Thanks again for your patience and support.
Jon and Chris
September 6, 2016
Jon and I have been growing FLO for more than five years now, and it's time for us to bring on a new team member. We are looking for a Customer Service & Shipping Manager. This unique position will focus on answering incoming customer inquiries, processing orders and managing the fulfillment process, and managing all product warranties. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and communication skills in addition to being extremely organized, detail oriented, and proactive. Candidates should have basic mechanical skills and comfort working with hand tools. Specific wheel maintenance and repair knowledge will be taught during on the job training.
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Will current FLO customer service change? Can I still talk to Chris or Jon?
Customer service has been a huge part of what we do at FLO Cycling. We also recognize that being able to call a company and get the owner on the phone, is a benefit to many of our customers. Those things won't go away, but as you grow, there comes a point in time where Jon and I can no longer handle everything. The vast majority of customer requests that we get can easily be handled by the right team member. Simply stated, not every question we receive needs to by answered by Jon or I. However, our cell numbers will remain on our Contact page, and if you need us, don't hesitate to call us.
How does this make FLO better?
Jon and I currently spend, hours each day, answering emails, and managing our fulfillment center. The majority of this correspondence isn't problem solving, it's about getting the ball rolling, or handling common customer requests. Hiring the right person to help manage this correspondence, will allow Jon and I to focus on the things that will help FLO continue to improve. Jon and I can better help FLO by spending our time designing new products, conducting research, writing informative articles etc.
How do I apply?
Applying is easy. Simply go to our employment page, fill out the questionnaire, attach a .pdf copy of your resume, and we'll take care of the rest.
If you've got what it takes, we'd love to hear from you, and hope that you'll soon be working with Jon and I at FLO!
Have a great day,
August 31, 2016
Facebook 10,000 Likes Giveaway
In appreciation for nearly 10,000 likes on Facebook, we are having a “10,000 likes” giveaway! There will be three prizes given away. Winners will be selected at random.
Grand Prize: FLO 45 Carbon Clincher Wheel Set
Second Price: FLO 30 Wheel Set
Third Prize: FLO Swag - T-Shirt, FLO Water Bottles, and Silca Valve Extenders
How To Enter
To enter please complete the following steps.
Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flo-Cycling/135949109778769
Visit this post and tag 3 friends in the comments section: Click Here To Enter
Follow Us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flo_cycling/
Visit this post and tag 3 friends in the comments section: Click Here To Enter
If you complete both the Facebook and Instagram option, you will be entered twice. The contest will run until 12:00pm PDT on September 14, 2016. Winners will be drawn at random, and announced on September 14, 2016. Prizes are as is, and no substitutions will be made.
Good luck! We hope you win.
July 18, 2016
July 3, 2016
July is here and we wanted to give you an update on Order 26. Today, we are estimating that Order 26 will take place on July 21st at 10:00am PDT.
We have two containers of wheels on the way. The first is schedule to arrive near the 20th of July, and the second is scheduled to arrive near the 7th of August. Each container will take about two weeks to unload and ship so the timing is good.
We will have approximately 1,500 wheels available during Order 26. These will include all models and builds.
We will release final details on Order 26 about 7-10 days in advance of the start date. Please let us know if you have any questions.
June 17, 2016
Deciding which race wheels to buy can be a big decision. There are a lot of questions that many athletes have, and we’ve tried to simplify the decision making process as much as possible. Below are some recommendations that we’ve developed over the years for purchasing race wheels. If you have any questions, please ask below.
Let’s start by outlining what we will discuss below.
1. Types of Cyclists/Riding Styles.
2. Aluminum + Carbon wheels vs. Carbon Clincher wheels.
3. Affects of Crosswind.
4. Wheel Selection.
5. Estimated Times Savings for Different Wheel Combinations.
1. Types of Cyclists/Riding Styles
We like to break riding styles down into three groups. These groups are as follows.
Triathletes and Time Trialists
These athletes are most commonly riding a time trial/triathlon bike and concerned with getting from point A to point B as fast as possible. These athletes are typically riding alone, and not in a pack or group.
These athletes ride a road bike and are also concerned with getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Unlike triathletes/time trialists, road racers are often riding in a pack, and can experience long sustained steep climbs and frequent accelerations more often.
The recreational rider is most commonly riding a road bike, and typically rides for fitness, pleasure, or a way to spend time with friends and family. These athletes are less concerned with getting from point A to point B as quickly as they can, but are more concerned with optimizing comfort, efficiency, and enjoyment.
2. Aluminum + Carbon vs. Carbon Clincher Wheels
Reasons to Buy Carbon Clincher Wheels
- Lighter Weight. Nearly 1 lb per set.
- Typically Better Aerodynamics.
- Better Compliance/Comfort.
Reasons to Buy Aluminum + Carbon Wheels
- More Affordable.
- Better for Winter Riding with sand, salt, and debris.
Historically, wheels with aluminum rims have had better braking performance. Our new carbon clincher rims, and specially formulated brake pads offer very strong braking. Don't let braking performance deter you from purchasing a carbon clincher wheel.
3. Affects of Crosswind
Front wheels are more affected by cross wind than rear wheels because they have a steering axis. This is a fancy way of saying that a front wheel can be turned clockwise and counter clockwise by your handlebars. Adding this additional steering axis means something else can move when the wind pick up. Wind forces on your front wheel can cause this rotation of the wheel/handlebars, making it more challenging to control your bicycle. The force that causes this movement is known as Yaw Torque. FLO wheels have been designed to limit yaw torque, and when compared to wheels with older technology, the difference is very noticeable. Yaw torque is one of the reasons riders often choose a front wheel that is shallower than their rear wheel.
Since rear wheels do not have a steering axis they are less affected by cross wind. In fact, having a rear wheel that is deeper than your front wheel moves your center of pressure backwards, and helps improve your stability in windy conditions. This is another reason why athletes often choose a rear wheel that is deeper than their front wheel. Most athletes can confidently control any depth of rear wheel.
4. Wheel Selection
Below I’ll give recommendations for both front and rear wheel selection for the three types of cyclists defined above.
Front Wheel Selection
For this group of athletes I recommend that they ride the deepest front wheel they can confidently ride in all wind conditions. What does that mean, and why do I say that? In short, it’s all about drag. The biggest component of drag on your bike is your body. Keeping your body in the aerobars and out of the wind, is much faster than sitting upright with your body in the wind. The increase in drag you will experience by getting out of your aero bars and sitting up in the wind, is much greater than the difference in drag between any of our front FLO wheels.
Knowing this, it’s easy to see that any triathlete or time trialist should aim to stay in the aerobars as much as possible. For this reason we recommend a front wheel that allows you to do this. Our front FLO 90 can be a bit challenging to control in higher wind conditions. It’s increased depth can force all but the most confident riders out of their aerobars when the wind pick up. For 90+% of our customers, the front FLO 60 is the perfect depth for a front wheel. Most athletes can confidently control a front FLO 60 in all wind conditions, and it’s still a very fast wheel. In fact, in low yaw conditions, it’s actually faster than our front FLO 90.
If you are a very timid rider, or riding in extremely high winds, we’d recommend our front FLO 45 as a front wheel.
When riding in road events, you are often riding in packs. Riding in these conditions means that you are very close to the riders beside you, so keeping the ultimate control of your bike at all times is of upmost importance. Like our recommendations above for triathletes and time trialists, a front FLO 90 could be a little too to handle when the winds pick up. If high winds cause your bike to move from side to side, you could collide with another rider. In my opinion, a front FLO 60, FLO 45 or even FLO 30 would be better front wheel choices for this style of riding. By choosing one of these three wheels, you are still getting really great aerodynamics, but you will be able to keep better control of your bike. On top of that, the front FLO 60, 45 and 30 are lighter than the front FLO 90 which will help with climbing, and the frequent accelerations and sprinting road racers often experience.
For this group I often recommend a front FLO 60, 45 or 30. All three of these wheels are easy to control in almost any wind condition, and their aerodynamic efficiency will make riding the same paces easier. Those who are looking for improved comfort and compliance should consider our Carbon Clincher options. The full Carbon Clincher wheels help dampen bumps and road buzz, which is a nice relief, especially on longer rides.
Rear Wheel Selection
Our general recommendation for rear wheels for the triathlete and time trialist is to pick the deepest rear wheel they can. The fastest rear wheel we sell is our FLO DISC. If you are a triathlete or time trialist, and you are looking to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, then we recommend a FLO DISC wheel. That said, the FLO DISC doesn’t make the best every day training wheel, and is actually illegal at certain events like the Kona Ironman. This often means the FLO DISC is a great second wheel to have for racing. Many of our athletes will chose our next deepest option (our current best selling rear wheel) the rear FLO 90. FLO 90 is also a very fast rear wheel, can can be combined with a wheel cover from wheelbuilder.com if budget is a concern. Having a rear FLO 90 and a wheel cover (which cost about $100) gives an athlete the best of both worlds. Essentially you can have a rear FLO 90, and the closest thing to FLO DISC for a very affordable price. The rear FLO 60 or FLO 45 combined with a wheel cover are also great options for athletes who focus on road racing or recreational riding, and also compete in triathlons or time trial events.
The FLO DISC is illegal in road racing events which leaves the rear FLO 90, 60, 45 or 30. While the rear FLO 90 is our fastest wheel aerodynamically, the time differences (seen below) are quite small for a rear wheel. For this reason, a lot of road riders will prefer the reduced weight of the FLO 60, 45 or 30 for climbs and accelerations. If you are a road rider that is also competing in time trials or triathlons, we’d recommend buying a FLO DISC or matching wheel cover from wheelbuilder.com for improved aerodynamics in those events.
For this group I often recommend a front FLO 60, 45 or 30. The improved aerodynamic efficiency of these wheels will make riding the same paces easier. Those who are looking for improved comfort and compliance should consider our Carbon Clincher options. The full Carbon Clincher wheels help dampen bumps and road buzz, which is a nice relief, especially on longer rides.
5. Estimated Time Savings for Different Wheel Combinations
After finishing the design of our new 2016 wheel line, and visiting the A2 Wind Tunnel, we sent our new aero numbers to Ryan Cooper from Best Bike Split, so he could run our wheels through his math model. For those who don’t know, Ryan Cooper is a PhD optimization mathematician, who has been predicting incredibly accurate bike splits for triathletes, and pro tour riders with his Best Bike Split math model. Below, we have ran multiple wheel combinations over two Ironman courses. You’ll see numbers for our 2012 model wheels, our 2016 Aluminum + Carbon wheels, and our 2016 Carbon Clincher wheels. We chose to model a flat course, Ironman Florida, and a course with a relative amount of climbing, and higher winds, Ironman Kona.
6. What is more Important? Aerodynamics, or Weight?
The short answer is aerodynamics by a long shot. In fact, in an acceleration aerodynamics is nearly 50 times more important than weight. For a full explanation of the importance of Aerodynamics vs. Weight, read the most popular article we've ever written "The Great Debate - Aero vs. Weight"
I hope you have found this article helpful. Please leave your comments and questions below.