I bought these wheels to compliment a rain bikecommuter (Soma Double Cross Disc). These wheels are bombproof, reasonably stiff, and for the price you can't shake a stick at them.
I really like how solid these wheels feel on rough pavement. They're not light but they ride like a lively brick ****house. Seriously, for the money, you can't beat these wheels.
I also appreciate that they're completely rebuildable.
I've been riding this wheelset for close to two years and have put a ton of miles on them. Absolutely bullet proof and probably the best riding wheel I've owned. I think they brake better than my Zipps 404s, particularly in the wet, they feel just as fast, and are considerably less twitchy in strong gusty winds. I'm a heavy, strong rider (200lbs, plus or minus) and these wheels have maintained their true remarkably well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to a friend.
I recently downgraded from Fulcrum Zero due to the harsh ride but still wanted tubeless compatibility. So I recently picked up the 2-way version of this wheelset at a discounted price and all I can say is a big difference in ride feel! The bumps get soaked up while the stainless steel spokes makes the ride more compliant compared to the Zero. Yes, the Zero is the lighter wheelset but the difference is only 150 grams (and the USB hub, which I couldn't tell the difference). It's from Fulcrum so you know the reliability is top-notch.
For the price point and mid-range weight, Fulcrum Racing 3 would be a good alternative to Zero.
Fulcrum Racing 3 2-way
S-Works Turbo tubeless tires 700x24
Orange sealant (no rim tape needed)
Skewers are a small thing we don't really pay attention to them until we have to take our wheels off. These skewers are a step up from the old-style clamp downs. There's no more fiddling around or guessing if the skewer will close too tight. After rotating the handle to tighten the connection, you can adjusttuck the lever handle in any position by simply raising it and positioning it in the desired spot. It's practically fool-proof.
There is a slight difference between the MTB and Road QR handles. The former has a flatter handle whereas the latter has a curved handle. It looks cosmetic, but it may be important if you've got largewide forks and clearance is important. When in doubt, the MTB skewer will provide the most room (it's raised away from the forks).