New FFWD Ghost Wheels Spirit You Away w/ Carbon Fiber Airfoil Spokes

FFWD Fast Forward Ghost full carbon tubular wheels with titanium inserts to let you true and replace the spokes

FFWD’s (Fast Forward) new Ghost wheels use an airfoil shaped carbon fiber spoke with titanium inserts on the ends of the spokes and near the hub flange. This lets you true the wheels or replace a spoke as needed.

They’re tubular only, with 32mm deep rims and a claimed weight of 1090g. Twelve spokes front and rear. Comes with hollow chromoly skewers (yes, hollow, I checked) and SwissStop Yellow King pads.

Available with SRAM/Shimano or Campagnolo freehub bodies. Hand built in Holland. Retail is likely $3,800, available now. US importer is Ochsner.

FFWD Fast Forward Ghost full carbon tubular wheels with titanium inserts to let you true and replace the spokes

As if you didn’t know this was coming: rider weight limit of 180lbs.

FFWD Fast Forward Ghost full carbon tubular wheels with titanium inserts to let you true and replace the spokes

A couple different angles because, well, I just couldn’t decide and it’s the web, so we can. The hubshell appears bonded onto the flange, and the titanium inserts are molded into the flange and spokes.

FFWD Fast Forward Ghost full carbon tubular wheels with titanium inserts to let you true and replace the spokes

Comments

JOHN KLINKENBERG - 07/26/12 - 3:16am

I think mad fibre or Lightweights would be still my first and second choices, i cant get my head around the aethetics.

Michele - 07/26/12 - 7:01am

This exact wheel appeared some years ago by an EU manufacter but can’t recall the name.
Im sure someone will be able to help!

will - 07/26/12 - 8:05am

Those look just like those Corima wheels Astana uses.

Louis - 07/26/12 - 10:03am

180? That is really, really low. Even Lightweight go up to around 250+.

Not saying you have to have it, but with a weight limit that low I just wonder if it isn’t flexy as hell.

YRUFAT - 07/26/12 - 5:35pm

If you’re 250 lbs, you should be less concerned with wheel limit weight and more with the cheese whiz you call a stomach. Always cracks me up when I see riders buying carbon fiber bottle cages and yet carry a bowling ball around their waist.

Chis - 07/26/12 - 7:53pm

@ YRUFAT: So very true!!

Never understand people who think they need the same gear as the stuff used by the pros. I can get wanting to have really nice gear but racing bikes are just so poorly suited for anything other than actual racing. For the same money as a pro level Cervelo, Madone, Venge you could get a Calfee or Crumpton that will be far better for non racing riding while still being an awesome bike that won’t hold you back in any way. To make an analogy to cars, it’s as if people went out and bought a $150k track car that beats the crap out of them to drive on streets instead of something like an Aston Martin that is just as expensive, still faster and more capable than the person behind the wheel but also comfortable and practical. Hard to chalk it up to anything other than the poser mentality or maybe ignorance.

GTz. - 07/26/12 - 9:57pm

> Michele

“STRAWBER” model name: GHOST
http://www.veloptimal.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36345

Can’t find it on the Strawber website anymore though

Craig - 07/27/12 - 5:24am

The wheels are designed and made by a company called Strawber in Madagascar who are a contract carbon manufacturer. They make wheels and hubs for Corima, hence the comment above about Corima-Astana. I know this because I met the owner of Strawber at Eurobike last year where he was trying to get a company to take on board this design. A quick check of the website now shows no sign of the wheels, clearly then Fast Foward have acquired exclusivity.

Mallory - 07/27/12 - 11:26am

@GTz 7@ Craig are correct, manufactured by Strawber (Saw it at the Taipei show, although my understanding is it came out of their Taiwanese factory…but factor in language barriers & jetlag).
I love how FFWD always make it sound like they manufacture all their wheels in house, in Holland…”Handbuilt in Holland” …so long as “Hand built” means lacing hubs to (Taiwanese manufactured) rims…but I fail to see what “manufacturing” they do in their Netherlands warehouse with this wheel …maybe press in bearings … then true them up…Maybe unpacking shipments from the Far East count in the build process…

bk - 07/29/12 - 1:34am

Made here, made there…doesn’t matter when it comes to quality. If it’s sh*t it’s sh*t, if it’s great it’s great. Done.

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