FFWD Ghost road wheelset (Jamie Wilkins/BikeRadar)
FFWD have revealed a
radical new set of road wheels at the Taipei Cycle Show in Taiwan. Called Ghost, they’re claimed to weigh just 950g a pair and are said to offer the aerodynamics of FFWD’s 38mm F4R with superior stiffness to their
The set uses just 12 spokes per wheel (the UCI minimum) –
six each side, front and rear. These consist of a metal core wrapped in an
aerodynamic carbon fibre outer. The metal provides strength under tension
in the conventional way while the outer carbon section can be loaded in
compression, like Mavic’s R-SYS SLR. This should greatly stiffen the wheel
because the side not under tension cannot deform.
FFWD say the
Ghosts are strong enough to take on virtually any race short of the
cobbles. The wheelset is available now for €2,800, in tubular form only. Look out
for more information in Procycling magazine and a review here on BikeRadar soon.