M5 Seat & Aero Wheels For Speed
I purchased a Bacchetta Strada two months ago and enjoy it very much. However, I, as many other cyclists, would like to get a little more speed out of the bike. I know that I, the engine, am the most important element. Still I would like to make improvements on the bike while I get in shape. From what I have been reading, a fairing may not be that helpful on this bike and I am not interested in wearing a giant sock. My seat is back as far as I can put it and still reach the handlebars. I have also read that a number of Strada owners have resorted to replacing their mesh seat with an M5 carbon seat and their original wheels with lighter ones. For those of you that have done this, whether on a Strada or some other brand, how was your average speed affected? Was your comfort compromised? Was it worth the expense?
Thank you for your response!
lowracer ninja master
As far as wheels, The two that I use on my baron are both aero wheels but ride a bit different. I have a hed jet 650c tubular and a hed-3 650c tubular.
The jet is quicker from the start......easier to accelerate.
The hed-3 once up to speed makes it easier to hold the speed.
So, for a hilly course......the jet.
A flat course the hed-3.
The optima carbon seat will fit your bike and is lighter than the m-5 seat.
swanson makes a carbon seat
Garrie hill makes a great carbon seat as well.
Unless you average 20mph or above, (ie ride 50mi in 2.5hrs) you won't notice
much change with aero wheels over spoked wheels. Between 17 and 20mph
the wind resistance reduction with aero wheels is minor, rider position is much
more important. Above 20mph the wind resistance reduction with aero wheels
begins to slowly increase, most noticeably above 25mph. Wind drag is related
to the cube of the speed. A carbon seat would be a better investment if
mounted in such a way as to give you a really laid back position unless your
intrinsic motor is such as to contemplate sub 5hr centuries. There was a pix
on the Bacchetta yahoo group recently of an after market seat that someone had put on that was really reclined. Steve
lowracer ninja master
Steve is correct of course on the speed issue. I usually spend a lot of time in the 27mph range, so it helps quite a bit. The tailbox helps more though.
Originally Posted by sch