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Opinions on Aero Wheels(5 posts)

Opinions on Aero Wheelsjtb013
Aug 12, 2002 7:47 AM
I am a triathlete who is looking to purchase some aero wheels. I have been riding some Spinergy SPOX wheels, which I like but I want something more aero. I am a big guy (220 lbs, 6'4") and am concerned about riding a radially laced wheel with fewer spokes, which is why I bought the SPOX wheels originally. I am looking at the Spinergy Carbon Aero-X, Zip 404's (the Clydesdale version), and the custom carbon rim wheels from American Classics. Anybody have any opinions/suggestions?
re: Opinions on Aero WheelsJimP
Aug 12, 2002 10:25 AM
Nimble makes a Clydsdale Crosswind that compares aerodynamically with the HED3.
re: Opinions on Aero Wheelsjw25
Aug 12, 2002 10:58 AM
Well, no matter your weight, I'd recommend against the Spox wheels if you want aero. The fat spokes add a lot of drag compared to steel, plus there's been reliability issues with the spoke nipples.
Instead, I'd recommend something with stainless spokes, bladed or not as you wish, and a deep aero rim, like the Velocity Deep-V or maybe a Mavic CXP-30. Both rims have decent reputations, and the stiffer rim should let you run 28 spokes if you want.
There's little aero difference between radial and crossed lacing, so I'd avoid the temptation to radial lace the front.
For hubs, Dura-Ace is fairly light, not too spendy, and awfully reliable. American Classics are nice, and seem to have fixed their reliability issues. You should be able to put a wheelset together for $300-$350 that'll be reliable, and aero, and easy to repair just in case.
re: Opinions on Aero WheelsRoadfrog
Aug 12, 2002 3:14 PM
I like the HED3 wheelset... extremely strong and aero. I ride worry free. If you were to try these out, I would not use Shimano brake pads. The softer Kool stop or Richey pads are better for the rims. I am sure Carbon Fiber Fanatic would agree with me on this one. HOP
re: Opinions on Aero WheelsAkirasho
Aug 12, 2002 3:30 PM
... a larger rider like yourself... I've had good success with HED Stingers (no longer in production but still out there... replaced by the Alps series I believe) H3's and ZIPP 404's.

I used to run SPOX on my first TT bike cuz comfort was more an issue than aero... but those large spokes do dirty the air a bit.

Radial lacing shouldn't be a problem for most Tri venues.

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