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aerodynamics/weight(7 posts)

aerodynamics/weightnat_ct1
May 9, 2002 5:29 AM
for me as a masher.i am moving to virginia. for racing use which wheel would give me the most benifit. a wheel that has like a 35 profile, and only weigh 65 grams. or just stick with the ksyriums that i already have.
re: aerodynamics/weightThoth2
May 9, 2002 5:43 AM
go to analyticcylcing.com - there's a comparison b/w aero vs. light wheels. Their conclusion for pretty much everything except the steepest courses is an aero wheel. I use Spinergy Rev-X's even in RR's and they don't hold me back unless the pitch is over 8% or so, and then light wheels wouldn't make the difference anyway. The big drawback for high profile wheels is ruddering in crosswinds. That's my only complaint w/ my Rev-X's. So, I got some Campy Eurus'. Light and aero.
Thoth
Take on the Eurus?Abol98
May 9, 2002 8:20 AM
Thoth2 - What's your take on the Eurus. I was going to get the Mavics as my big upgrade this year, but the more aero profile of the Eurus rim intrigued me. (I'm not convinced that either spoke pattern is going to matter). How do ya' like them, and what's the skinny with the hubs, any troubles?
re: aerodynamics/weightcyclopathic
May 9, 2002 5:48 AM
in no-draft situation better aero (reduced spoke aerorim wheel vs 32 3x box rim set) usually offsets 1lbs of extra weight.

Since ksyriums are already semi-aero (dragwise they'd be btw 32 3x and better spoked aero) and you're likely to race in the pack the benefit of switching will be much less. Still probably worth extra 65g

If I'd be buying new wheels I'd go for aero. In your situation I'd stick with ksyriums, if there're any benefits they're not worth paying 800$ IMHO.
KsyriumsDougSloan
May 9, 2002 5:56 AM
The Ksyriums are a great over all wheel. Any improvement over them is going to be miniscule compared to everything else going on in a race.

If you want to have both, aero and light, in good combination the 2002 Zipp 303 carbon is pretty good, either in carbon/tubular or carbon-aluminum/clincher. But then, the gain is going to be very small, assuming it's even measurable.

Doug
hey Dougcyclopathic
May 9, 2002 5:59 AM
since you like Ksyriums so much how would you compare them to Cosmic Elites?
can't say; never had them nmDougSloan
May 9, 2002 6:04 AM