Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon 46 Clinchers Pro Review

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Time Trialing
During the Summer of 2009, I participated in a time trial series. It was a lot of fun and far harder and more painful than I’d anticipated. The course is an out and back 10.4 miles with a two climbs. Unfortunately, at the turnaround, the course tends to be extremely windy. To improve my times, I tried a variety of equipment variations on my Scott Plasma. These are the configurations and the results:

So what does this mean? With the Ritchey Carbon Clinchers, I was able to record my fastest time by over 1 minute and a full one mile per hour faster. On average, this wheelset was over 5% faster than any permutation. The rim height and profile was obviously less affected by the wind and I assume the lighter overall rolling weight played a huge role as well. Regardless, I was amazed by these results; I thought that the deeper wheels would certainly lead to the fastest times. In the very stiff winds, with the deeper Jet 60/90′s, I did have to fight the bike to keep it from being blown off course. With the Ritchey’s, I could certainly feel the wind but had to expend far less energy to keep the bike tracking straight. Amazing.

About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein is fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling, and is a longtime product reviewer. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and has been ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group on numerous occasions.

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  • Jim Purdy says:

    Carbon rims are notorious for mediocre braking performance. Because they are harder than alloy rims, they build up more friction and require more effort to stop.”

    I think you mean that they build up more heat in the pads because they don’t dissipate the heat as well as alloy rims. If they built up more friction, they would brake better than alloy rims.

  • Drew Allen says:

    The swiss stop yellow pads I have found to be amazing. I have used them on an Xlab 48MM carbon wheelset and the stopping power and brake modulation ability has been superb. The only hassle is when switching over to alloy training wheels and having to switch over to other pads – if only to keep aluminum grit out of the carbon pads (I have found that the carbon pads indeed work very well on the alum rims too, but you don’t want to end up gouging your nice carbon rims).

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