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Effects of wind on 58mm vs 38mm Rims for a RRer and Critter?(2 posts)

Effects of wind on 58mm vs 38mm Rims for a RRer and Critter?Swat Dawg
Apr 17, 2003 9:02 PM
I, like many other here, am looking at getting a new set of wheels. I am first getting a new set of training specific wheels, and then will purchase a deep section front wheel over the summer. Later that wheel will be followed by a rear. I am deciding between 38mm and 58mm carbons. I am pretty much sold on the idea of aerodynamics versus weight, but I am concerned that with 58mm rims in a road race or in a crit that if I get hit by a cross wind that I will veer randomly in the peloton probably causing a crash. I am 5'9" 160 Lbs and haven't really discovered my strength as a road race yet (coming from Mtn Bikes), so TT are up the road but not for a while. So would the aero advantage of a 58mm outweigh the potential cost of getting buffered around by the wind? Thanks for you help

Swat Dawg '04
404s vs. cxp 30s vs Vector pros...seyboro
Apr 18, 2003 5:02 AM
With a question like this, many will weigh in with scientifical answers. I don't have those, but...
My Zipp 404s are the deepest at 58 mm, followed by the Rolfs and Mavics at 30 mm. Surprisingly, the 404s feel most stable in a crosswind, the Rolfs are somewhere in the middle, the Mavics can get demanding at wind speeds above 20mph. You might just want to search RBR reviews for all possible reviews on the wheels of your choice and then email the reviewers. Most are eager to share their experiences.