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New harness racing wheel offers top performance

06:01 AM 26 Jun 2014 NZST
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New sulky wheel
New sulky wheel

There is a new harness racing wheel on the market that is taking racing performance to a new level…and get this, there are NO wheel discs!

Forward Motion Technologies out of Milford, Michigan is getting accolades from top drivers and trainers and they are winning races left and right.

“The new wheels utilizes an aluminum rim, sealed hub and carbon-reinforced wheel body,” said FMT’s Bill Micol. “This combination of materials makes for a very fast and responsive wheel, and because it has no wheel discs, it is virtually maintenance-free. FMT wheels can be finished in any color with a tough material that is also used to protect truck beds.”

The craftsmen at FMT have been making carbon-composite wheels and hubs for 25 years.

“We are very excited to be working in this industry and are very encouraged by the great response and the stellar race results so far,” said John Giroux of FMT.

The company has been hard at work continually improving the product based on customer feedback since introduction of the wheel in February.

Most recent improvements have included a new locking mechanism for the hub-nuts, a stronger and more impact resistant wheel body, more durable tires, better coatings and better sealing of the hub from debris.

The new FMT sulky wheels are not cheap. They run from $599 to $749 each. Then again, if they can help by a second or two they could pay for themselves in just a couple of races. After checking on four other brands of aluminum rims that were popular with drivers and trainers I found that FMT is less expensive than all of them.

Of course, as they say, the proof is in the pudding, but go ask Tim Tetrick as the FMT wheels were pretty colorful and moving pretty fast when Market Share set the world record at Harrah’s Philadelphia last month.

Bill Micol also informed me that FMT passed the very stringent testing rules for both Australia and New Zealand and are now approved for use in both those countries.

To get more information about Forward Motion Technologies, you can check out their website and see the wheels and more at

By Steve Wolf, for

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