What are the best type of wheels for racing?
Deep carbon tubulars?
Superlight shallow carbon tubulars?
Deep carbon clinchers?
Superlight shallow rim clinchers?
I know that it depends on the kind of racing, so I’ll be more specific.
Which type of wheel is best for bridging up to a breakaway at around 30 mph?
Which type of wheel is best for sustaining a breakaway going 27 mph?
We have 4 factors that effect wheel performance –
1) Weight, probably the least important for most riding, but most focused on property of a wheel. Important when accelerating or climbing
2) Aerodynamic profile. We all know that 50mm is way better than a standard box rim, but how much better is it than a 30mm rim profile? (How many watts does this save?)
3) Rolling resistance – if it’s really true that you can save 5W or more per wheel with good clincher tires/tubes why would anyone ever use tubulars? Saving 400g in a 72,000 gram system is only one half of one percent. Saving 10 W for someone who averages 300W in a race is over 3%!
4) Wheel bearing resistance - Ceramic bearings. How much do these help?
Forgive me if this has all been asked before (I’m sure it has), but it’s hard to find it all in one place.