Track race wheels: FFWD F6T or F9T?

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  • So I'm planning to upgrade my Mavic Elipse wheels. Been racing for a year, mostly endurance but may try some kilo and pursuit next year. I'd like one set of wheels that can do more or less everything, and I don't plan on getting a separate disc/5-spoke setup. I've settled on FFWD wheels and wondering what are the pros and cons of the F6Ts vs the F9Ts. I guess extra weight is not an issue. Do I really lose any control having the extra deep front wheel? Do I really get a meaningful aero benefit from deeper rims?

  • You racing inside or outside?
    Do you trust the people you race with not to crash?
    Personally I only used deep carbons or disc/4 spoke for National series or nationals. Local leagues had too many crashes to ride £1k of wheels.

    Outdoors I found 50mm deep plenty on front

  • Inside only. And I have been surprised how few crashes there have been. And the crashes that happened haven’t ruined any wheels that I’ve seen. Loads of people on deep wheels and quite a few on disc/5-spoke combo. And worst case, I’ve got insurance. Basically I’ve decided to pull the trigger but just not sure whether it’ll be the 9s or the 6s.

  • Disc in the rear and a 50 to 80mm deep in the front will serve you well.

    If you go really deep at the front it will take a bit more effort to change its speed up or down and a little slower at turning all small effects but there all the same.

    I normally ride a disc and an 808 as wells having a set of 808's for outside and a front 1080

  • I have a FFwd F9T/Disc for indoor racing and a set of F6T's for summer outdoor racing. For velodrome racing I'd go for a set of F9T's.

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Track race wheels: FFWD F6T or F9T?

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