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Save weight or go aero?(4 posts)

Save weight or go aero?Marlon
Mar 27, 2001 9:49 AM
Here's the situation: I'm doing a short 2.8km sprint time trial. It's a roughly 350m course, repeated 8 times, up and down a narrow stretch of road - you do a hairpin turnaround at the ends of the course.

The bottom line - because of the nature of the course, should I go with an ultralight bare-bones setup, or should I go aero and smack on the aerobars? I've tossed out the idea of using an aero wheelset - too heavy and hard to get going after those turns. Any comments?
Real short Course?AHobie17
Mar 27, 2001 1:24 PM
If I were sprinting on such a short course I'd go for the light weight over aero. I assume your doing this for sprint finishes. On a longer course the aero bars are extremely benificial.
re: Save weightfuzzybunnies
Mar 27, 2001 7:04 PM
probably better off going light, with the sprinting to speed after every turn and the possibility of sprints up any short hill that may be on the course you may get no real benefit from aerobars. If you can attach them quickly you may want to bring them in case you notice a head wind when you get to the course. TTFN
Save weightDog
Mar 29, 2001 5:47 AM
I agree.

Sounds like you'll never have much time to get on the aerobars - you'll have to transition to the drops for the turns, anyway, and you'll lose some time there.

However, on wheels, you can have both light and aero. Try Zipp 303 or Velomax Ascent Pro (Lew rims) carbon tubulars. Perfect wheels for this kind of thing. I'd prefer the Zipps, though, as they are stiffer.