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Aero rims used in Tour De France mountain stages ??(11 posts)

Aero rims used in Tour De France mountain stages ??XTRMTB
Jul 21, 2002 7:40 PM
Hi All

During the TV coverage of the Tour I have noticed some riders, including Armstrong, using high profile aero rims in the mountain stages. I thought that these rims would be heavier and hence be an impediment in the mountains.

at around$3000 a pair and a six month waiting listJekyll
Jul 21, 2002 9:00 PM
the ADA wheels give them both light weight (around 1000gr for the PAIR) and aerodynamics... the kicker is ADA does not sponsor riders - the guys who ride them, buy them...
probably not ADA wheels -- take a lookDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 11:31 AM

This would imply that ADA's are not at this time UCI approved, unless something recent has changed.

re: Aero rims used in Tour De France mountain stages ??geert
Jul 22, 2002 5:06 AM
the wheels used by lance are lightweight (brandname) wheels
very similar to ada's.
same price and delivery time.
Bontrager Race Lite Carbonfracisco
Jul 22, 2002 12:52 PM
From --> Tech section.

Check too.
I read the article on Lightweights. n/mfracisco
Jul 23, 2002 9:40 PM
Jul 22, 2002 1:53 PM
Lance rode Lightweights last year in both the Tour of Switzerland and the TDF. Also, this year in the Dauphine Libre and it looks like them again in the TDF. No way that their Bontrager carbons and not likely ADA's which I haven't seen used in some time aside from some comments about Tyler Hamilton using them via the Riis connection when he crashed in this year's Giro. I don't think they're ADA's unless Cees Beers has significantly increased production and reduced price. The Lightweight people apparently used to work with Beers before moving on to set up their own shop in Germany.

Jaja used Lightweights some in last year's tour (along with Shimano carbon rimmed wheels) and again this season. Team Coast ran them last year, I hear they bought about 20 pairs, and there's a picture in the race section of the gallery I took of Frank Hoj at last year's World's riding Lightweights. I've also seen them at Sigma Sports in the UK and they're pretty sweet but way too much wheel for my needs.
Web site URL? (nm)Chen2
Jul 22, 2002 2:16 PM (nm)boneman
Jul 23, 2002 1:10 AM (nm)Chen2
Jul 25, 2002 5:55 AM
Thanks, I don't think I'll be buying any but I'm a dreamer.
carbon rims very lightDougSloan
Jul 22, 2002 2:48 PM
The all carbon tubular rims from several makers are quite a bit lighter than many non-aero aluminum rims. Check out ADA, Zipp, Lightweight, Hed, Lew, Campagnolo, Shimano...