bc original Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon wheelset

The bc original Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

Björn 16. March 2019

A product like no other, the bc original Flechtwerk is here! Carbon rims, top quality hubs and a super clean look are just some of its outstanding features

When we presented the first iteration of Flechtwerk they spoke for themselves. Together with our partners, we released a product that we were extremely happy with. And we weren’t the only ones excited. You, our customers, went bananas for Flechtwerk. We didn’t expect such a good response and in turn couldn’t deliver as fast as y’all ordered. This time around, things are different.

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Why change a winning team?

This year’s Flechtwerk has only been improved based on our experience with the first version. Of course, we have a larger number available and there are some small details, but overall the wheels have remained the same. Why fix what ain’t broken?

MG Components hubs

At the centre of the wheels, MG Components produced hubs keep things spinning. The bearings are adjustable, allowing you to fine tune the pre-load. The freehub is packed with a RAT 20-tooth ratchet ring that makes power transfer practically instant and gives off a unique sound.

DT Swiss spokes

We also stuck with the same spokes as last year, DT Swiss Aero Speed 1.8s. The nipples are still hidden in the rim, which keep the wheelset looking clean and improves Aerodynamics.

Munich Composites rim

The core of the Flechtwerk wheelset is the Made in Germany Munich Composites rims. To guarantee quality, a ‘Munich ID’ is assigned to every rim, allowing us to follow it back to the day it was braided. We also made a small change to the rim. Now, each one has a small hole that allows for water that might enter the wheelset to be spun out while riding. Unchanged, the reflective logos are placed under the clear coat.

bc original Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

The braided carbon rim remains the heart of the Flechtwerk wheels.

True weight

This time around, the bc original Flechtwerk put on a few grams, at least on paper. After weighing a number of wheels, we came to the honest to god weight of 1420 g. Of course we could have used the slightly lighter weight of our small production wheels, but we want to be honest with y’all so that you know where we stand.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

Steve checks every rim.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

Only perfect rims are then built into wheelsets.

bc original Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

Everything is checked. Visually and on the scale.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

That finish!

The build and quality control

To make sure that the wheels are of top quality, we check each and every component as well as the complete wheel multiple times with each step of the process being properly protocolled. The individual rims are given a visual check and their weight is proofed as well before we send them to our wheel builders. Of course, the rims also run through a strict quality control at the manufacturer with a focus on the brake track. This entire process guarantees a 100 % checked rim is sent to our builders.

This way we know that every wheel meets our strict quality standards.

When the built wheels arrive in house, each one is checked visually as well as measured for proper spoke tension and trueness before we release them for sale. This way we know that every wheel meets our strict quality standards.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset - available bike-components.de.

Steve also checks all the finished wheels.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset

First he checks that everything is true and spoke tension is good.

bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset - available bike-components.de.

Only perfectly trued wheels are sent out.

 bc Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset - available bike-components.de.

After being approved by Steve's keen eye, the wheels are carefully packed.

Brake pads and accessories

When it comes to carbon rims, discussions about braking performance always get a little heated. After searching and searching the internet you’ll find varying ideas on what the best brake pads are for carbon, especially in wet conditions.

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Overall, the braking performance of carbon rims won’t meet that of their aluminium brethren. The difference in the materials are just too great. However, with the right brake pads, carbon rims can be brought to a stop very well, even when wet.

Swissstop Brake Pads Yellow King Black Prince Carbon rims

We recommend both the Yellow King and Black Prince.

To find these brake pads, we worked with the Swiss company, Swissstop. After various tests using carbon-ready versions from other manufactures, we came to the conclusion that both the Swissstop Black Prince as well as the Yellow King pads work best. To give you a chance to test which ones fit your braking style best, we have included a set of both pads. However, our experience has shown that riding the Yellow King in the front and the Black Prince in the back produce the highest braking performance. Also included with the Flechtwerk wheelset are quick releases, spare spokes, nipples and nipple washers.

bc original Flechtwerk 45 Evo Road Carbon Wheelset - available bike-components.de.

The perfect carbon wheelset!

The wheelset

Honestly, Flechtwerk is the top carbon wheel alternative to other large manufactures. With the small updates that we made to the current version, it has only improved from an already fantastic product. And at our price point, it’s hard to beat, especially considering the quality of the components used to build it. The bc original Flechtwerk is here and if you’re looking for carbon hoops, there really is no better option.

Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments!“

Bjoern

Björn

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  • Mohammad Hakimi Yusof A. 14. May 2019

    What about warranty? no lifetime warranty on rims?

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  • borna s. 27. April 2019

    What about warranty? Your last wheel had weak breaking surface. Do you have 30 days free to try period?
    There is no picture of rim profile. Can you post it?

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    • Marcel 29. April 2019

      Hi borna,
      you can find a picture of the rim profile in our shop:
      https://www.bike-components.de/en/bc-original/Flechtwerk-45-Evo-Road-Carbon-Wheelset-p66203/
      best regards, Marcel

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