Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Professional Cycling For the Fans Follow the Tour de France,the Giro de Italia, the Spring Classics, or other professional cycling races? Here's your home...

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-21-05, 04:53 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wheels for courses

I noticed in yesterdays flat stage most riders were using deeper rimmed wheels compared to the mountain stages. Anyone know what most are using for the mountain stages as well as the flatties? I'm guessing the deeper rims are for aerodynamics on the faster flats, and the shallower ones are used for their lighter weight which helps on the climbs? Thanks
viva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-05, 10:32 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, many riders mix and match among about four sets of wheels during the Tour, trying to match the rims and tires to the needs of the stage. Some of these wheels and tires are NOT provided by their "official sponsors", so sometimes a "magic marker" is used to conceal an offending brand name.

I read that one pair of wheels used in the time trials cost around $3,000 a pair. Yikes.
alanbikehouston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-05, 11:36 AM   #3
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Not all riders are confident using carbon fibre wheels on fast descents. Some riders avoid dishy wheels in areas of cross-winds because they affect stability.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:18 PM.