Will a disc wheel speed up my triathlon bike split?
- Will a disc wheel speed up your triathlon bike split or are they expensive, heavy, and hard to handle? Disc wheels are solid or covered wheels designed to improve airflow around the rear end of the bike and reduce drag.
- 1 When should you use a disc wheel?
- 2 Are disc wheels allowed in triathlon?
- 3 Does a disc wheel make you faster?
- 4 Why do cyclists use disc wheels?
- 5 Why do cyclists use solid back wheel?
- 6 How much faster will carbon wheels make me?
- 7 What does UCI approved wheels mean?
- 8 How much time do you save with a disc wheel?
- 9 What is the fastest disc wheel?
- 10 Do race wheels make a difference?
- 11 Are carbon wheels worth?
- 12 Why do triathlon bikes have different wheels?
When should you use a disc wheel?
A disc wheel is usually the fastest option on a hilly course, but let’s qualify that: if the course has a lot of steep climbs (average five per cent or more), technical descents and not a lot of flat, then I’d opt for a pair of light, aero (50-60mm deep) wheels.
Are disc wheels allowed in triathlon?
Disc wheels are not always permitted. What about solid spoke front wheels? The fastest wheel is a solid disc wheel with no spokes at all. The fastest setup would be a front and rear disc wheel.
Does a disc wheel make you faster?
Disc wheels are faster than your traditional shallow spoked wheels in almost all conditions apart from hilly or windy conditions. Numerous tests have shown that a disc wheel can gain 30 seconds over a deep section wheel over 40k. It has also shown you can benefit up to 2 minutes over a standard spoked wheel.
Why do cyclists use disc wheels?
Disc wheels don’t encounter the air resistance that spokes do, but they’re also heavier, less maneuverable, and can be blown around—or even right out from under you—in a strong crosswind. An indoor track, where races tend to be short and flat and require less turning, is a great place for disc wheels.
Why do cyclists use solid back wheel?
The benefit of a disc wheel is that you can ride faster than with a spoked wheel, on flat and rolling roads and at steady speeds. Once hills (gravity and lower speeds) or changes of pace, come into the mix the case for spoked wheels becomes stronger.
How much faster will carbon wheels make me?
Long story short, I generally finish in slightly under 30 minutes, with an average speed of 20.9mph. First time out with the Rolfs, I averaged 22.5mph, nearly 2mph faster!
What does UCI approved wheels mean?
The UCI test proves that the wheels are made as safe as they possibly can be and can then be used in all UCI sanctioned events. Non certified wheels can’t be used in UCI certified events.
How much time do you save with a disc wheel?
A standard front wheel costs about 30-40 watts at 20 mph, while a good aero 3-4 spoke wheel will only cost 15-25 watts, and a full disc wheel will cost you just 5-10 watts. In other words, you can save 10% of your power depending where you upgrade your wheels.
What is the fastest disc wheel?
Hunt releases ‘world’s fastest aero disc wheelset’ (and actually backs it up with data) Hunt’s new Limitless 48 Aero Disc Wheelset is claimed to be the world’s most aerodynamic disc wheelset below 50mm deep and — unlike many other similar wheels — these claims are backed up with a detailed and transparent white paper.
Do race wheels make a difference?
So there you have it, aero wheels can make you slightly faster while simultaneously making your wallet significantly lighter. Two kilometres per hour faster in this case. However, there is no need to buy them, it ultimately depends on what you want to get out of your riding.
Are carbon wheels worth?
Are carbon wheels worth it? To a lot of people, yes. A common misconception is the difference in price is all about weight. If you look at it from a weight savings perspective alone, you’re spending about $5.25/gram of weight difference (using our premium carbon test wheels vs the stock alloy wheels.)
Why do triathlon bikes have different wheels?
Wheel Size Front and Back You will likely only see front and rear discs on track bikes. For outdoor races, such as time trials and triathlons, you will often see a deeper rim front wheel and a rear disc. If it is windy, you may see riders opt for a shallower front wheel and a deep rim rear wheel to improve handling.