|Which of these wheels are more aero?||spookyload|
Dec 18, 2003 7:06 AM
|I am rewarding myself with a new set of wheels for next year. I have finally met my weight goal. Over the last five years I have dropped the 35# I put on after marrige. I went from 215 to 180. No more up and down weight loss...it is off for good. On to my question.
I ride centuries about eight times a year. They range from flat(Tucson), to rolling(Santa Fe), to outright uphill(Taos). I usually end up riding half the day by myself, so I am looking for the most aero wheel to do it with. Though weight isn't a huge concern, I don't want something like aerospokes that weigh more than me! Here is the short list of wheels I am considering. Nimble Crosswinds, Zipp 404, Zipp 303, American Classic Deep Aero(forget the model). Of those, which are the most aero. I am getting tubies since they will be century only wheels. I have looked for any data on the net, but have found nothing. i have ruled out the Reynolds wheel. Cost is too high. I can get a sweet discount on the nimbles, which is why they are on the list.
|Did you check John Cobb's site?||Dwayne Barry|
Dec 18, 2003 7:15 AM
|I think it's called slowtwitch.com (?), maybe try analyticcycling. The 404's are definitely more aero than the 303's. I think the old specialized tri-spokes were about the most aero thing out there so maybe the Nimbles are more aero than the 404s. Doesn't American Classic use the Zipp rims?|
|Did you check John Cobb's site?||MShaw|
Dec 18, 2003 8:37 AM
|slowtwitch isn't John Cobb's site, but still a good reference for aero stuff.
John Cobb's site is: www.bicyclesports.com/
If you head over to bike.com and search the archives, Craig Willett (sp?) did an article on aero wheels.
The aerospokes are probably the worst of the bunch. The Specialized/Hed Trispokes are some of the most aero. The 404s are a little less aero than the trispokes, the 303s a little less than them.
American Classic uses Zipp rims in their carbon wheels.
"All-round" use? I'd get some 404s. All-out speed? Trispokes.
You can find some first gen Cosmics for not a bunch of money that are some of the most aero wheels ever built. I have a pair. They're nice at speed.
|I am riding Mavic Ksyrium SL's now`||spookyload|
Dec 18, 2003 8:40 AM
|I know they aren't very aero at all, so the 404's should be lots better.|
|Did you consider the new Rolfs? (nm)||OffTheBack|
Dec 18, 2003 10:03 AM
|... or the Campy Eurus? (nm)||OffTheBack|
Dec 18, 2003 10:05 AM
|oops, you said tubulars. My bad. (nm)||OffTheBack|
Dec 18, 2003 10:56 AM
|The American Classics are the best for the buck. -nm||Tig|
Dec 18, 2003 8:20 PM