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Aero wheels & crosswinds

Old 12-13-10, 01:39 AM
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Aero wheels & crosswinds

In the area where I live I am either climbing, descending, and/or dealing with stiff winds. Any flat areas are almost always windy. I知 thinking about getting some lighter wheels for racing but I致e got limited experience with different types of wheels as I知 still on the original set that came with my bike. I am wondering if anyone finds that they notice a significant disadvantage while riding in strong crosswinds on wheels with a 30mm aero profile, or if anyone has any thoughts on these wheels in general.
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FWIW I have the same wheels on one of my bikes. Bought them because of how ridiculously cheap they were, and expected to have to re-tension and true them shortly. I think I've got about 4000 miles on mine and they're still true. Very impressed with the weight and quality for $250; I have no trouble with these as a "training" and commuting wheelset.

In crosswinds I haven't noticed much of a difference. However, I've not noticed much of a difference without any wind (i.e. "aero benefit") either. I think that 30mm is too shallow to make that much of a dent in your aero profile. If you want to get aero, you need disk and/or carbon wheels. Or just get a recumbent. That's my belief anyway.
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Thanks for the info. My main motivation for considering them was the weight, I wasn’t looking for much aerodynamic benefit, and I just didn’t want it to be a problem in crosswinds. The other wheels I was looking at was these: https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...g/prod_34.html

I just can’t justify paying the extra $120 unless there is something really wrong with the Xero wheels. My current wheels are Xero XSR-3 and the only real problem with them has been the weight
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I've never heard of people having problems with 30mm wheels in the wind. It's really an issue when you start getting into the 50mm and above range I believe.
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I ride my 58mm Zipps in wicked crosswinds regularly without any issue. Might be more of a problem if you're a sub 150lb rider however.
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