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How do these wheels compare for time trialing?/Aerodynamics(3 posts)

How do these wheels compare for time trialing?/AerodynamicsBAi9302010
Jan 27, 2002 2:41 PM
Disregarding price, how do these wheels compare for time trialing? Aerodynamics? Acceloration?, etc.

Hed Jet
Hed Jet Deep
Mavic Cosmic Carbone
Spinergy Rev-x
Campy Shamal
Aerospoke
Trispoke(brand)
Hed3

Also, there used to be all sorts of charts on the web that compared the aerodynamics of wheels, but the only one I could find recently was:
http://www.bsn.com/cycling/WheelAerodynamics.html
re: How do these wheels compare for time trialing?/Aerodynamicsstr8dum1
Jan 28, 2002 6:51 AM
How do these wheels compare for time trialing?/Aerodynamics
Disregarding price, how do these wheels compare for time trialing? Aerodynamics? Acceloration?, etc.

acceleration is of no real concern in a TT. All you should be concerned with is rim depth. and ohh ya, if you are serious racer, tubulars are the only option)

The fastest set is a trispoke front, disc rear (namely the H3 carbo rim tubualar with an Accel disc, http://www.falconsports.com/velo/acspecs.html)

Hed Jet (60 mm = good front wheel, inexpensive, what i use)
Hed Jet Deep (90mm even better front wheel if you can get used to not being ale to hold a line, although thats not important in a TT)
Mavic Cosmic Carbone (same a the Hed jet, just a fairing over a rim, way more money)
Spinergy Rev-x (good wheels, i'd go with above wheels)
Campy Shamal (good but heavy, Al rim, only like 45mm deep, if that)
Aerospoke (crap)
Trispoke(brand) (H3 and tri are the same, H3 are lighter as they are the newest models. The fastest front wheel)
Zipp 404 (58mm, structual carbon rim, nicer than the heds, real world no difference in aero, but lighter)

Disc (a must have for the rear. If you are a serious racer, you will go with a disc rear. NO other option)
re: How do these wheels compare for time trialing?/AerodynamicsJimP
Jan 28, 2002 3:15 PM
Got to agree with str8dum1 about the recommendations except for the H3 on the front. The H3 has a deep cross section and will need to be kept on a short leash in a crosswind. I prefer the Nimble Crosswind - they are almost the same aerodynamically and are lighter in the rim section so they accellerate quickly and have less cross section to catch the side winds.