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will a light wheel set help with climbing?(3 posts)

will a light wheel set help with climbing?skippy pinfish
Oct 3, 2002 3:44 AM
I'm looking at getting a second wheel set for the hills where we ride twice a week. Will I really feel the difference with a set thats 1370 grams compared to my current 1700 gram wheel set, or am I just waisting money?
Yes, they helpMcAndrus
Oct 3, 2002 4:46 AM
I don't know if you do fast group rides or races but you'll actually feel the difference in lighter wheels more in acceleration than in climbing. But they will help in climbing as well. In general, the less weight you have to haul up the hill, the better.
you can calculate the differenceDougSloan
Oct 3, 2002 6:02 AM
Go here and plug in the numbers to calc the difference. At a steady speed, wheels are just like any other component, or the rider for that matter. With a bunch of accellerations, the differences get larger. Nonetheless, over all, an aero rim usually is faster still, unless you spend a lot of time drafting. Of course, light and aero covers everthing.