ok- looking ahead at next season and thinking about a new TT frame.
i chose the two models in the title because they more or less represent the ends of the spectrum of where i'm looking.
the C'ndale is terribly thin. almost looks like its made of spider webs. pretty much a classic tube arrangement but VERY thin (top tube, seat stays, etc), and when being dragged thru air... les is more- right?
then you have the Specialized, Cervelo, Felt, Wilier ('08), etc... and you see this almost overabundance of surface area. now, laminar air flow, turbulance, etc. has been discussed ad nausseum...
but what the he!!?
very different solutions to the same problem.... all are raced on a professional level-
now, i'm not advocating a discussion that razors the testing data of the CdA to the 10^-10... i guess i'm more asking- are all the curvy swoops, hump back seat tubes, and forward thrusting down tubes more for our psyche than for our legs?
is there a placebo effect directly related to the amount of surface area and number/ location of swoops/ fins?