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Need to decide on wheels - ASAP(5 posts)

Need to decide on wheels - ASAPFender
Feb 26, 2003 7:31 AM
I need to buy a pair of race wheels. I'm considering Cane Creek Aerohead's vs. Performance Fuego. Theres about a $100 price difference between them and while the Aeroheads are lighter (about 20 grams) the Performance wheels are more aero, with deeper rims and flat spokes.
Anybody have experience with either pair? Which has less flex? What about durability?
re: Need to decide on wheels - ASAPaltidude
Feb 26, 2003 9:19 AM
Deeper rims do not necessarily mean more aero. Unless the rim is deep enough to create a true lift affect and unless the builder has taken advantage of the deeper rim with supposedly superior strength by using fewer spokes it will not be more aero. In fact as rim profile increases to a point you actually get more drag as a result of a deeper profile rim versus a shallower profile unless you reach the point where the rim starts to provide lift, and/or a significant reduction in number of spokes and/or hopefully both.
get aero wheelset such as Zipp or HED if you canpnda
Feb 26, 2003 5:30 PM
afford it($700-1000). They have the aero bladed spokes which is stronger and more aero, but 3x more expensive than standard DT Revo spokes ($2.00 vs $.70ea). The stronger spokes and deep rims enable them to use only 16 spokes without compromising strength. Less spoke means less air resistant = the faster wheelset(also lighter too). I would opt for aero over non aero rim due to durability & increase in speed. That's why TT races with them.
other than cost, what are the negatives of aero rims? (nm)wolfereeno
Feb 27, 2003 7:37 AM
Mostly weight and maybe corsswinds...Quack
Feb 27, 2003 8:36 AM
Unless you spend the big$$$ on aero rims, the rim itself will likely be 100-200 grams heavier than a traditional low-profile box rim. If the rim is really deep, it can also be susceptible to crosswinds that make handling a little more difficult. But I think the rim has to be something like 100mm deep defore you would have major problems with wind.