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Aerospoke...Front or rear? Which is better?(3 posts)

Aerospoke...Front or rear? Which is better?tronracer
May 9, 2002 7:53 AM
A friend swears that his aerospoke cuts the wind when he uses it as a rear wheel. It's kind of heavy, but it really keeps the momentum up for long rides. I went to an alley cat and almost all the couriers with aerospokes had them in the front. Something to do with steering and inertia?

What is the benefit of having the aerospoke in the front versus the rear?
re: Aerospoke...Front or rear? Which is better?weiwentg
May 9, 2002 11:23 AM
the front wheel matters more, aerodynamically speaking. but, while the aero gains are lesser for a rear wheel, crosswinds will have a lesser impact (there's more weight to the rear, and you steer from the front).
re: dittocyclopathic
May 9, 2002 6:01 PM
rear wheel generates 23% less drag then front. THe only reason TT use aerospoke front/disk rear (disc is ~40% less drag) is stability, front disk makes bike very unstable.. I think only track racers use it on enclosed tracks.

Xwinds would have lesser impact on tri-spoke then standard 32 3x wheel