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Road Aero disc wheels with 32 spokes?

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Bram, May 2, 2017.

  1. Bram

    Bram Senior Member

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    For the current or next year I am looking for a set of black aero wheels that can carry my weight. (120kg/264lbs)

    Did some research online and out of the box most wheels come with 24 spokes max. I know that handmade wheels can go higher but I am unsure what to look for.

    Need solid wide wheels and don't care too much about the weight. Do love the look of those deep aero wheels though <3

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    Any ideas?
     
  2. Jim Layee

    Jim Layee Senior Member

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    In your shoes I'd be talking to a decent wheel builder and get something built to suit
     
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  3. James

    James Active Member

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    You have to ask yourself why you need such wheels. Just bling factor or will you be doing some racing? For mass start racing, if you are in a pack they will do little. Only when out front or for time trials will you get a true benefit, and even then it's not that significant. A standard rim may give you 200-250 grams of drag at 30 mph (48.3 kph). Even if you magically got down to zero grams of drag, that's 0.250*30*.447=3.35 W gained. And that's at 30 mph! Granted you to get a nice benefit with crosswinds (think the sails on a boat). But what if I told you there are 2 places where you can carve out even greater time savings, either with drag reduction or rolling resistance improvements? And what if I told you those two could be had for less than a quarter of what a single wheel would run?

    If you really want aero wheels and are concerned about your weight (though I know some fairly big guys (90-100 kg) sporting 24 spoke rims), there's always the HED trispoke. Not as good at higher yaw angles, but nothing will beat its structural integrity.

    FYI, for semi-aero, I've built up a few Powertap hubs around Velocity Deep V, and they've lasted for years (I'm 72 kg or so). Also built up a Velocity B43 with a PT hub. They don't sell that one anymore and I swear that thing weight 2 kg. It's an anchor.
     
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  4. Bram

    Bram Senior Member

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    I absolutely don't need them at all :) They just look amazingly beautiful :) (does that count haha?)
     
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