Farsports 27.5” Crater Wheels Review

Farsports 27.5” Crater Wheels Review
• Rims: Farsports AM27H30C40 – 30mm deep 40mm wide tubeless disc-specific carbon
rims.
• Hubs: DTSwiss 350 straight pull centre lock hubs
• Spokes: Sapim race
• Usage: gravel bike: fast riding on rough Scottish Roads; some gravel.
Website: https://oem.farsports.cn https://www.wheelsfar.com/
Contact: Sandy Xiao – sandy@farsports.cn
I’ve used Farsports wheels for 6 years now, the relationship with this brand maturing from customer
to manager of sponsored team. These are wheels I have purchased myself (with team discount) for
personal use.
Purchasing
Purchasing is a simple process, but usually takes a few emails back and forth with Sandy whilst I
make my mind up on a purchase! There is a direct web store at https://www.wheelsfar.com/ but
personally I’ve never used this. Once you’ve decided on a wheelset, a proforma invoice is sent and
payment is required before wheels go to production. I’ve found using the Transferwise service to be
a handy way of paying the best exchange rate.
Delivery
Delivery usually takes around 3-4 weeks after payment. There will invariably be a customs charge
to pay; this has always been £35-£45 per box for me.
The wheelset will arrive, securely packaged (I’ve had around 20 wheelsets delivered to me over the
past few years without any damage in transit) in a box like this:
Weight

Front wheel (with tubeless valve): 732g
Rear wheel (with tubeless valve): 871g
Wheelset weight: 1603g
For a tubeless wheelset with such wide rims and built with hubs for strength and value rather than
ultimate performance, I was very pleasantly surprised by wheelset weight. These are over 400g
lighter for the set than the much narrower alloy rims they replaced.
Performance
I chose the 40mm rim width so they would transition nicely with 40mm tyres and the rims indeed
do so:
(front with 40mm Schwalbe G One Speed)
(rear with 50mm Schwalbe G One Speed)
This is my first performance disc brake wheelset and in summary I’m astonished! Paired with the
incredible Schwalbe G One Speed tyres (claimed to be their fastest production tyres – faster than
the pro one road tyres) my gravel bike feels as fast or faster than my summer race bike! The wide
tyres glide over the horrendous Scottish roads and roll exceptionally quickly. I’ve done team
training rides at race pace (around 27mph average on the flat) and have had no difficulty in
maintaining speed and feel I have a definite advantage over the rough stuff. The results of some
roller tests with a power meter and speed sensor show a massive 50-60w power saving at 30mph
over WTB Horizon 47c tyres and the rolling resistance with 60psi front/55psi rear is virtually
identical to my 88mm wheels with 23/25mm Schwalbe Pro one tyres at 90psi(I’ve found 50/45psi
to be fast and give a good level of comfort):
27.5” wheels 40/50mm 60/55psi
80mm 700c wheels 23/25mm 90/90psi
I’ve used the wheels on training rides for several hundred miles so far in typically Scottish
Winter/Spring conditions and they remain true with bearings smooth. The crater wheelsets are made
using formed rather than drilled spoke holes so this should add to wheel strength and durability.
Summary
I’m extremely happy with my purchase of this 27.5mm tubeless wheelset and definitely consider
my gravel bike to be the most ‘fun’ to ride. So impressed with the performance of the bike with this
tyre and wheel setup I’m considering using the bike in circuit races and road races with rougher
surfaces.

2019-04-18T09:19:07+00:00