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Another Op-Ed related to steel vs CF

Old 02-24-24, 03:51 AM
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I can believe there is a difference in acceleration between a lightweight wheel with tubs and a disc equipped wheel with clinchers.

Do I believe anyone can coast at 50kph at 100W in any pack? Not unless itís a descent.
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Old 02-24-24, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by choddo
I can believe there is a difference in acceleration between a lightweight wheel with tubs and a disc equipped wheel with clinchers.
That difference in acceleration is a real third-order effect. There is no real-world scenario where the tiny difference in acceleration would be a meaningful advantage. Crit racing is where the acceleration would be most important and recent studies have shown that aero wheels give a far greater advantage on crit courses.
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Old 02-24-24, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer
the competitors need to ride gear that can be sold to a weekend warrior dentist with a platinum card.
What about daily training dentists with gold cards? Are they okay?
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Old 02-24-24, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer
Pro gear decisions were made by the manufacturers and marketers, not by the riders: since pro sports is fundamentally a marketing venue, the competitors need to ride gear that can be sold to a weekend warrior dentist with a platinum card.
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Old 02-24-24, 11:50 AM
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Good to find out that weight's not really important anymore. It's all about the aero.
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer

The real-world difference between tubular wheels/tires and clincher wheels/tires is 200 watts..
This is utterly blatant sophistry. Nobody is claiming that weight is not a detriment to performance of a bicycle. Just that the small difference in rotational weight is not great enough to be significant.
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer

In contrast, having heavy high-inertia wheels will eventually result in you getting shed off the back, resulting in suffering solo in a futile attempt to catch up. 300+ cruel watts.
Letís just exaggerate the differences for comic effect. But Iím definitely going to use this as my excuse next time I get dropped from a group. 😂
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