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View Poll Results: How deep is the FRONT rim on your speedy all-around road bike?
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36mm to 45mm
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46mm to 58mm
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How deep is the front wheel on your all-around fast road bike?

Old 09-16-19, 10:09 AM
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How deep is the front wheel on your all-around fast road bike?

People seem to love deep aero road wheels, but I wonder how many actually put their money up to buy and ride a set. For purposes of this question, I'm asking about the FRONT wheel because lots of wheelsets these days come in two different depths. Also, I'm asking about all-around road bikes where paved road speed is part of your goal for the bike. (No offense meant, but to make the responses comparable to each other, I'm not including gravel bikes, cyclocross bikes, commuters, triathlon or TT bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, unicycles, recumbents or tricycles.)

Now that we've got that out of the way . . . how deep is the rim on the front wheel of your speedy all-around paved road bike?

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Old 09-16-19, 10:18 AM
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56mm deep front and rear Light Bicycle wheels

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Road bike - 58mm because "I know a guy". Been on 50-60 for over 10 years. Really don't need it though and if I was building a new set I would be at 30-40mm. Lighter and handle better.
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60/60 replaced 50/58. No big side wind here on my rides but they never give me pause.
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If a particular road bike is just for pavement, what do the words "all-around" contribute?
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
If a particular road bike is just for pavement, what do the words "all-around" contribute?
In the event you really meant that as a question . . . a bike used primarily for climbing in the mountains would not necessarily be considered an "all-around" bike. Dedicated climbing bikes generally have extremely shallow wheels.
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Had 46mm on the Fuji, great all around size, imo. Zero handling issues, and held speed well. To be honest tho, I didn't notice any difference in speed between the 46mm carbons, and the 32mm alloys. Lil more comfort with the 46s because they were wider and I had wider tires on them. And they looked better, I'm not afraid to admit that aesthetics matter.




Building a Tarmac, will go with 30-32mm wheels to save some weight, plus aesthetics (I don't like the look of deep wheels on frames with smaller tubes, they look fantastic on an aero bike tho).

Not building an S-Works (I wish!!), just using this pic for visual reference. IMO, the 32mm wheels look much better on this frame.

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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
In the event you really meant that as a question . . . a bike used primarily for climbing in the mountains would not necessarily be considered an "all-around" bike. Dedicated climbing bikes generally have extremely shallow wheels.
I'm used to hearing "all-around" as a synonym for "versatile" so it was confusing.
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38mm 2015 Propel
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With old sharp-edged vee shaped hoops, handling was greatly effected by crosswinds. The modern rounded edge vee and U-shaped wheels are far better handling in windy conditions
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Williams 58s. Great all-around wheels.
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I've run several that ranged from 35-62mm, and think that 45-50mm is the perfect depth for an allrounder...the aero benefit with the hassle of worrying about crosswinds

I'm currently running the Hunt Aero 50.
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Zipp 404 firecrest. Front and rear.
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30mm alloy FTW!
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The "best" answer depends on your weight, along with riding conditions (hills? crosswinds?).

So like most questions, the answer is "it depends."
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The "best" answer depends on your weight, along with riding conditions (hills? crosswinds?).

So like most questions, the answer is "it depends."
The question doesn't ask about the "best." It asks what YOU have.
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40/40 because they came on the bike (2017 Domane SL6 Disc)...I like the looks of 40/60. I'm probably not really fast enough to worry about it in any case. No handling issues except on bigger gusts if I've let my mind wander.
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
The question doesn't ask about the "best." It asks what YOU have.
Good point, but that's like taking a survey on what size bibs you wear or what shoe size you wear. It really is a personal decision.

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Good point, but that's like taking a survey on what size bibs you wear or what shoe size you wear. It really is a personal decision.

Carry on.
Exactly. It's a survey about personal decisions. Nothing deeper than that.
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I haven't the slightest idea.
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48 mm. Rear is 56 mm.

Love them. Fast pavement, gravel, you name it.



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Good point, but that's like taking a survey on what size bibs you wear or what shoe size you wear. It really is a personal decision.

Carry on.
It's like coming up with unhelpful answers is a competitive sport here.
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Hmm, I'm not sure what specific bicycle my all-round fast road bike is. The bike I've used the most in such a capacity is probably my '79 Fuji America, and the rims on that are 14mm deep. My Emonda would be the next most obvious answer... it's presently stuck with its shallow stock wheels, although I've been considering a deeper set.
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Just got a chance to try an "old" set of Bontrager Race Lite Aero wheels, 16 spokes on both wheels, from maybe 10 years ago? Came off a Trek Equinox, an okay beginner aero/tri bike. Dunno. I think the rims are 31mm.

Anyway, my 7-speed road bikes have old school Araya and Wolber standard rims, pretty much all I've ever ridden. The 10-speed cassette rear from the Bontrager wouldn't work without swapping a bunch of other components and I was impatient to try a wheel so I just swapped in the Bontrager front.

Wasn't expecting much but could immediately feel a difference on climbs, and saw a significant difference on a couple of test rides of 15-40 miles. Checking my Strava log from the weekend and I was churning out speed I've never done before without a tailwind. These are pretty modest wheels but the slight aero rims with bladed spokes, slightly lighter weight with skinnier, higher pressure tire all added up to some noticeable differences. And wind was low to neutral so no problems on the longer ride that covered every compass point. No handling problems despite the mismatched wheels and tires, even on some rough and rippled bits of rural highways, although most of the route was pretty smooth.

Gotta admit, I'm impressed. I think I'll swap that aero wheelset over to a donor Diamondback Podium frame and cannibalize components from the heavy-ish aluminum frame Trek aero bike to build up another toy to play with. Can't see myself ever riding a tri bike with aero bars due to an old neck injury. But a lighter weight carbon bike with sorta-aero wheels will be fun for some rides.
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