Does anyone on this forum has any prior experiences with the Rolf Elan Aero wheelset. I'm looking to purchase a lite, strong racing wheelset. I'm only 130 lbs. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.
As you have read I tend to use these wheels for climbing. They are more aero than a conventional box rim as the Elan rim covers the spoke ends to a greater degree than a box rim (a la Ksyrium for example).. however the paired spoking is suspected to counter balance the slight aero advantage the rim may gain over a box rim. There are many factors concerning this aero subject but a common missconception is that it is the rim v shape that yields the cut in drag when in fact it is the greater depth at which the spokes are hidden from the wind all be it by a deep rim section that gives the slight aero advantage. Having said that Zipp have conjured a rimm with a "golf ball" surface that theoretically allows the wheel to cut through the air cleaner. With the Zipp 404 the rims shape has been designed more to avoid side wind if to act like a sail to the riders advantage when the wind is comming from behind the 90 degree angle from both sides. Check out www.zipp.com for an in depth analysis of aerodynamics.... In short if you want an aero wheel buy the deepest rims you can afford with even spaced aero spokes (dont bother with conventional round ones). Bear in mind that conditions on the road are never the same. Wind speed/direction on any given day always determin weather a deep section "aero" wheel should be used or not. Use it in the wrong conditions and you may find yourself thrashed buy other riders riding a straight box rim wheel while you struggle against your own deep section wheels fighting efectively against themselves.Spectrum said:Well, thanks to everyone that shared their experiences, it's appreciated greatly. I will be primarily be riding flats, since there are no hills where i'm living.
Are there any advantages using these wheels on the flats for Crits or roadracing, or should i go for a regular evenly spaced spoked wheel?
Spectrum said:Does anyone on this forum has any prior experiences with the Rolf Elan Aero wheelset. I'm looking to purchase a lite, strong racing wheelset. I'm only 130 lbs. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.