I'm looking for insight / personal experience of running a front aerospoke for city riding.
Here's what I've seen/heard thus far about Aerospokes:
+Super durable / low maintance
+Aerodynamics that pay off at higher speeds
+Sexy for certain crowds
-Super heavy / when broken, it's shot or you send Aerospoke another $200 for a replacement
-Aerodynamics when going forward, cross-winds not so friendly.
-Silly for certain crowds.
I've also read the same aerospoke & hipsters discussion a lot. Vanity is totally part of my interest in them, whatever. I can be vain with any wheel in some way or another. So I'm just hoping to find a discussion that is more based in personal experience and/or some physics of why/when/where aerospoke is better or worse and less about whether they are cool or not. So, have you or a friend rode with a front aerospoke? Where'd ya do it? How did it compare +/- to other wheel setups you've tried? Handling? Speed? etc.
Here's what I'm considering if it helps:
Wabi GX 410: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/revi...lset/index.htm
Eighthinch Julian: http://www.cyclingcloseouts.com/Prod...V2_Silver.aspx
Aerospoke (front only): http://cgi.ebay.com/Aerospoke-Track-...ht_2131wt_1139
Vanity is at play. So the setups would be:
(1) Rear Wabi, Front Aero
(2) Rear Julian, Front Aero
(3) Wabi set
(4) Julian set