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Pro riders wheel selection(7 posts)

Pro riders wheel selectionb_spiwak
May 15, 2002 4:12 AM
After watching last year's TdF and Giro and watching this years Giro so far, I dont get the wheel selection pro's make. Instead of getting fancy Carbon wheels, like Zipp or Hed wheels, they get Mavic's (most of them, anyway). Zipp makes a set of wheels that weighs 960 grams AND THEY ARE AERO!!! why wouldn't they use them??? I just don't get it...
May 15, 2002 4:22 AM
Pro teams use the products that they are paid to use.
May 15, 2002 6:47 AM
then why does cipo use mavic wheels and the team isn't sponsored by mavic? pro dogs can use what they want to at any given time. do you really think that if lance has a wheel failure with a bontrager at the tour that he won't go back to mavic?
to a certain extentgrandemamou
May 15, 2002 11:39 AM
Sponsors sponsor the team but if your good enough you ride what you want. With bikes they try to hide it under the sponsors paint but with smaller items rims,seats,tires etc they don't even bother trying to disguise it.
And reasons why some riders aero and some not? (nm)mja
May 15, 2002 4:24 AM
Sponsorship maybegrandemamou
May 15, 2002 5:31 AM
but I have a feeling the real reason is that you can build a super reliable and light wheel the old fashioned way with a box AL rim and spokes. These guys put on monster miles on crappy roads and would rather have something rock solid reliable rather than light and aero.
re: Pro riders wheel selectionCAAD5 Kid
May 15, 2002 6:21 AM
Honestly, why wouldn't you want to run Mavic wheels? A company who if you're sponsored by them puts their entire race support staff at your disposal and gives you prototype wheels to run in some instances. A mavic sponsored team has the entire MAvic wheel lineup at their selection, from Cosmos, to Krysiums, and the classics. Also, the top pros don't always even ride the wheels they're supposed to. Check out some photos of Armstrong and Ulrich's wheels from last years TDF, in some stages they're not anything near a Mavic wheel.