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Over the years, BTR has tested many wheels in a variety of wind tunnels (hey, we've been doing this thing since 1999 as independents and also as industry insiders!), and so, we've got some empirical data upon which we can take a stab at doing the sort of thing that follows...which is tabulating a review/ranking of over 150 front wheels.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 03:20 Read more...
 

808 vs TriSpoke

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Zipp 808 vs Specialized Tri-Spoke

Santiago Botero won the 2005 Dauphine Libere stage 3 ITT by one second over Levi Leipheimer.  Each of these individuals chose to ride a traditionally spoked wheel, with Botero opting for the latest technologically advanced wheel offering from Zipp – the 808.  Would the outcome have been different if Botero had chosen a different wheel for this TT?  Since quite a few ProTour and US domestic pro’s (along with countless amateur TT specialists) ask me questions such as this, I decided to take a look at the aerodynamics of the Zipp 808 versus the less traditionally designed Specialized Tri-spoke/HED3.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 00:40 Read more...
 

Evaluating High Performance Bicycle Wheels

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Editor's note 09/01/2010: for an updated ranking of current wheels using some of the criteria outlined below, check this BTR page out...and now back to your regularly scheduled reading!

 

The well-oiled marketing machines in the bicycle industry are constantly touting the latest and greatest technology.  With so many different brands available and broad-sweeping claims made, we consumers can often times become confused.  In the next few minutes, I will help you wade through the facts and provide some unbiased data on the high-end wheel offerings.   In the end, it should be possible to determine exactly what you get when you spend $800 on a set of the hyped-up high performance wheels.  However, we first need to investigate how I approach the wheel selection/evaluation process.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 September 2010 03:58 Read more...
 

Wheel Performance

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Editor's note 09/01/2010: for an updated ranking of current wheels using some of the criteria outlined below, check this BTR page out...and now back to your regularly scheduled reading!

 

Sir Isaac Newton proposed his second law of motion nearly 350 years ago. This law elegantly describes the behavior of many systems, bicycles included. It is difficult to argue with the analytical results of this equation. It is my goal to use Newton’s law to demonstrate what variables determine wheel performance and their order of significance. Furthermore, I will show how wheels rank in the big picture of overall cycling performance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 September 2010 03:58 Read more...
 



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