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Sprinter's front end choices(3 posts)

Sprinter's front end choicesCritLover
Aug 2, 2002 10:03 PM
Just curious what the sprinters out there were choosing as their front end setup. Any preference on oversized bars/stems? Does it help in the last few hundred meters?

Also what is a really stiff aero wheelset for flatter type crits? A friend gave me their old rear Cosmic Carbone but I have no idea what to use in the front (besides the $500 front Carbone that I can't afford). Any thoughts on a stiff cheaper alternative?
re: Sprinter's front end choicespeloton
Aug 3, 2002 7:11 AM
I really like the new oversized stuff. I'm using the Deda Magic 31.7 bars and stem right now, and it's plenty stiff. I haven't tried the oversized spec from other companies yet. I would say that it is one of the stiffest feeling, if no the most stiff feeling setup I have owned. I'm 190 lbs, FWIW.

I don't know if I would bother with an aero wheelset, even for flat crits. I've got a set of cosmics, and it's great for ITT's. It's a little slow on the acceleration you usually find in crits out of corners. If money were no object I would choose a set of Kysriums or a Dura-ace wheelset for crits. Both are light, semi-aero, and stiff enough. Both are going to be expensive if you crash though. Probably the best crti wheelset for most people would be a good set of hubs, Mavic open pros, all put together by a good wheelbuilder. Light enough, and easy to repair/replace after the inevitable wreck. A real aero wheel I think would give up more in acceleration in a crit than you would get back in aerodynamics.
CXP w/Dura Ace hubs.Canidraftyou
Aug 4, 2002 4:56 AM
Not the lightest, one of the more stiffer wheels its semi-aero and replaceable. On flat fast Crits, I would not use anything that requires depleating my saves to rebuild or buy again. Of course im not a Lawyer/Doctors son like one of the local guys here that has never won a race. Crits is not about the lightest, its about the best handler, positioning on the last half lap and taking the last corner harder than anyone else and who has the best conditioning, and if everything is equal, comes to who has the best sprinit. I have never seen anyone win a race because they have the nicest wheels. If it came down to wheels, then they would not have Cat1/2/3/4/5 they would Cat D/A, Cat 10 Speed, Cat Carbone and so on.

My thought on it.