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Any thoughts on Shimano road wheels?(8 posts)

Any thoughts on Shimano road wheels?MB1
Oct 25, 2001 6:15 AM
Santana is about to offer Shimano 16 spoke tandem wheels. They are somewhat appealing but I am worried about durability and small parts availability. We do long rides out in the boonies, if a wheel goes bad it could be trouble.

I would like to hear your experiences good and bad with Shimano wheels.

re: fadcyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 7:05 AM
heavy overpriced flexy

check this article

From price/strength/durability point of view you'd better off with conventional 48 spoke tough wheelset
Sure, but have YOU used them?MB1
Oct 25, 2001 7:34 AM
We don't weigh enough to require 48 spoke wheels, I am thinking about a 32 hole wheelset for the tandem or the Shimano tandem wheels. Our current wheels are 40 spoke.
hmm what is your objection?cyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 7:51 AM
weight? stiffness? aero drag?
Just want to hear from people who have used Shimano wheelsMB1
Oct 25, 2001 11:48 AM
I am trying to decide if they are worth buying for a go-fast set of wheels.
I'll ask local guycyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 3:48 PM
he rides a pair. My guess he'd be blowing bubbles, after spending all that money you know

reputable wheel builder I spoke to characterized them as "heavy", "flexy" and "overpriced" but he is mount biker, so aerodynamics for him non factor. Handling is

Here's some information on aerodrag:

"It must also be remembered that we are considering only rotational drag, completely neglecting translational drag arising from the forward velocity of the object through the air. Tests published on the latter indicate that aero wheels tend to be very close to each other in translational drag, requiring about 11 Watts at 40 kph to overcome it. Conventional spoked wheels fare much worse, requiring in the neighbourhood of 24 Watts to travel at the same forward velocity."

all wheels on that study scored with 3-7wt of rotational drag so I guess you look at somewhere from 14-18wt for aerowheels and 27-31wt for conventional.

the other study I've seen was claiming that 2/3 of aerodrag come from front wheel, so you get most benefit by replacing front wheel

never the less if you go to aero wheels you'll reduce your drag ~20wt or so this may be a factor for TT (~300-400wt rider output)or even better endurance race (avg output on long distance is ~120-200wt), but why would you guys care? do you race? even then you have 2 engines

for all-around use I'd build 40-48spoke wheel with Schmidt hub generator, at least you always have light and need not care for battery life
Too skinny for me...dirtbag
Oct 25, 2001 8:12 AM
...Kidding of course. Just pedlin' past, thought I'd drop in and say hello.
Dude! Where you been? Missed ya. nmMB1
Oct 25, 2001 11:46 AM