1989… The Beginning of a New Era
In 1988, Edward Giroux, a Triathlete and business owner in the Manufacturing industry designed and engineered plans for a new bicycle wheel. Sensing that the industry was in need of an superior new concept that would provide aerodynamics and strength and yet “COOL”, he proceeded with his new wheel known as the AEROSPOKE which was well received and successful for two decades until the company was sold in 2009.
2016… Introducing Encore
Being out of the bicycle industry since 2009 and no longer bound by a non-compete agreement, Ed developed new ideas in the rapidly advancing bicycle industry and the
ENCORE WHEEL is born incorporating all the latest and greatest!!!
27 Years of Wheel Building Experience
Ed Giroux, along with wheel building and machining specialists have come together with state of the art equipment and computer technology to further advance the 5-spoke wheel.
Current bicycle wheel products include 700c wheels in:
-Front road for quick release.
-Rear Shimano compatible cassette wheel for quick release.
-Front disc brake compatible featuring center lock rotor mounting system licensed by Shimano.
-Rear disc brake compatible featuring center lock rotor mounting system licensed by Shimano and Shimano compatible cassette hub.
-Front fixed gear .
-Rear fixed gear wheel featuring a hub that can be used for single fixed, fixed/fixed, or fixed/freewheel.
What sets us apart….
-Unmatched experience. Our team has more experience building this type of wheel than anybody in the world- PERIOD. Over half of our team are also cyclists and that is where you will find our roots.
-Designed and built in our state-of-the-art facility here in the United States using the most advanced software and tooling available. We have the capabilities in house that nobody does- starting with our mold-building process. Nobody has the manufacturing know-how and assets that we do under one roof.
– Dramatic increases in lateral stiffness achieved by investing countless design hours and computer analysis. How big does the spoke have to be and what should be the wall thickness? These and countless other questions were answered, not guessed at, before the manufacturing process started and confirmed upon completion.
-New features… new design… new technology. Purpose built rims that are mechanically fastened AND bonded to the carbon wheel body. We have partnered with our friends at Velocity, the premier American rim extruder, to extrude and roll our aluminum hoops taking advantage of their wealth of experience. Rim width is 23mm to accommodate a wide variety of tires.
The design and shape of our carbon spokes provide a much needed increase in lateral stiffness over the competition, achieving almost tube-like strength properties, while still having a much better aero shape.
Our newly designed hub locking system incorporates a precision machined locking shape to interface with the carbon wheel body. This system provides an optimum dispersion of the sheer forces between hub and wheel and the machined features of the hub add to the strength in critical areas that are subject to stresses from the drive mechanisms. Speaking of which, the drive mechanism of our cassette hub is a newly-developed system that kills the competition. It is smooth, low-maintenance and easily accessible.
-Commitment. We are committed to the cycling industry and to the customers we have come to know over the years and we look forward to making new friends and rekindling old friendships. It is our sincere belief that we have a superior product in every way and it is our goal to provide unmatched customer service.
FORWARD MOTION TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED WARRANTY. Forward Motion Technologies, Inc. (further referred to FMT) warrants its product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from purchase date. Original proof of purchase will be used to determine warranty eligibility. In the event owner cannot provide proof of purchase, or in the event that ownership of product has transferred, date of manufacture will be used to determine start of warranty coverage.
Warranty claims must be made through FMT, or an authorized agent, dealer, or distributor that has been given expressed consent to determine warranty qualification. Consent to make warranty determinations by third party shall be made at the sole discretion of FMT on a case-by-case basis.
Local Law: User has specific legal rights which will vary from location to location. If this warranty is inconsistent with local laws, it shall be considered modified to comply with such laws.
Limitations of Liability: Other than the obligations specifically set forth in this warranty statement, in no case shall FMT or its third party suppliers be liable for direct, special, incidental, or consequential damages.
Limitations of Warranty: This warranty does not apply to products that have been incorrectly installed, adjusted, or improper installation of accessories. Instructions can be found at www.encorewheels.com
or by contacting FMT. If unsure about installation of product or suitable accessories to be used with product (such as cassettes, tires, tubes, cogs and lock rings), user must seek qualified help for installation at their own discretion and risk. FMT shall not be held liable for improper installation or adjustment of product, or improper installation and use of accessories.
This warranty does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, impact, crashes, abuse, use of incompatible accessories, excessive tire inflation, damage caused by excessive loading or subjecting product to forces from use on anything other than a human-powered, two-wheeled bicycle designed for a single rider.
This warranty is void by modification of product and/or removal or alteration of manufacturing codes. Product is not intended for commercial use such as rental. Such use voids warranty. If FMT determines that an inspected product is unsafe for intended use, owner must complete release documentation agreeing that it shall not be used again as such before product is returned. User must remove all accessories before sending product for evaluation or trade-in. FMT is not responsible for loss or damage to accessories sent back with product. Cost of returning product and providing suitable packaging and insurance with carrier shall be the user’s responsibility. Products returned to FMT must have a corresponding return authorization code. Acceptance of products returned without this authorization may be refused. Return Authorization codes can be obtained by contacting FMT. This code must be marked clearly on the outside of the packaging upon return.
TRADE IN REPLACEMENTS. TTo help protect user’s investment in our product in the event of non-warranty damage, FMT offers trade-in replacements. This is not a pre-paid insurance, but is used as needed. Users can trade in a wheel for a brand new wheel in a currently available size and model for $200/front, $225/rear plus shipping for a raw wheel. Additional charges apply for painted wheels. Price can change without notice. This is factory-direct only and not available through dealers. A return authorization is needed- please call to setup your return.
Our team has taken what we have learned in the past 27 years of wheel development and manufacture, expanded on it, addressed some long-overlooked shortcomings, and came up with a superior product. This is a re-establishment of the goals and practices that had made us so successful and admired during our glory years.
It is now our mission to offer superior product and service. What this means for you is:
No pre-payment for orders. You pay when your order is ready.
Accurate lead times and forecasting. You will be made aware of anything that may affect the delivery of your order.
Support. You will be an extension of us. We will provide you with whatever we can to make you successful with the product. You will be treated with honesty and integrity. If you win-we win!!
A modern streamlined, refreshed product. Do not be concerned that this is a new, unproven product. Our goal was to start with what we have already accomplished and what has already been proven and refine it in every way; from design to manufacture to delivery. I/We have the unique perspective of an absolutely unprecedented amount of experience making this type of product. We are a new company, but nobody else has the experience we do. Everything has been re-evaluated and only things that we considered improvements have been implemented.