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Old 06-11-10, 06:43 AM
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technical crit wheel selection

sorry for the noob ? but i'm wringing my hands over wheel selection for a crit tomorrow. it's a very technical one on crappy urban streets that i had a bad experience at last year. debating between

-deep section carbon tubular (am classic) 58s,
-mid profile clinchers (303s) and
-low profile clinchers (velocity aerohead rims w white industries hubs)

i would normally choose the 58s but find myself fighting them a little in hard cornering situations, which is causing me to doubt them as the choice.

thoughts?

also - i plan to solo ftw after about the halfway point if that means anything
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Old 06-11-10, 07:00 AM
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Even the thread title is over thought.
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Aero. In a technical crit you'll spend more time out of the draft in corners, plus, I'd think the tubulars will slow you down a bit less with hard cornering.

What are you fighting, exactly? Is it tough to get the turn started or something?
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Aero. In a technical crit you'll spend more time out of the draft in corners, plus, I'd think the tubulars will slow you down a bit less with hard cornering.

What are you fighting, exactly? Is it tough to get the turn started or something?
mid turn i feel like i really need to step down on my outside pedal to keep my line tracking straight - way moreso than other wheels. could be sluggish turn initiation. likely just between the ears.
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Aero.

Also, it's supposed to rain/thunderstorm.
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use countersteering to adjust your line in the corner
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Aero.

Also, it's supposed to rain/thunderstorm.
racing will be over by 3, so should be pretty nice weather wise

Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
use countersteering to adjust your line in the corner
gee, why didnt i think of that?
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When find myself worrying over equipment, I usually wind up snapping out of it, doing whatever will require the least amount of tinkering with my bike, and forcing myself to care about the race more than I care about my gear. It's healthier and leads to better racing.
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
sorry for the noob ? but i'm wringing my hands over wheel selection for a crit tomorrow. it's a very technical one on crappy urban streets
If there's potholes and other nastiness, I'd go with the 303 clinchers. The 58's break if you sneeze on them.
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Ride what gives you the most confidence. If that means a wheel that has more aero drag, so be it. We all know logically that a good/bad wheel in terms of aero drag will not win or lose a race for you 99.99% of the time. The 303's are a good compromise of aero drag and controlability, but if the aeroheads give you the warm and fuzzies, then use them. It's much more important to be in the game 100% mentally and if you ride the 58's, it sounds like you probably won't be.

Caveat: If you are on the Aeroheads, you'll have to work somewhat harder in a solo effort than with the 58's. You know this going in, so race accordingly.
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We all know logically that a good/bad wheel in terms of aero drag will not win or lose a race for you 99.99% of the time.
We do?
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which are easier to spin up, the 303s or the V.aeroheads? I'd prefer to go with the "faster" spin up.

well, that's what I'd do if I had a wheel selection issue, like, ever.
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I would run the 58's, but I've never noticed deep wheels feel any worse in corners.

Go with your gut. Put a set of wheels on, if you feel like taking them back off, then do so rinse and repeat
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We do?
Mortals...you don't count.
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