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deep rim wheels in the Grand Tour?

Old 07-31-12, 06:36 AM
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deep rim wheels in the Grand Tour?

It seems that majority of the pros in the peleton rode deep rim wheels but there are some who didn't. So with all of the espoused advantages of deep rim wheels, what gives?
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Some people don't like them. I would be included in that group. Particularly for longer rides and races, I find that my box-section rims smooth things out a little compared to deeper rims. For me, once I spend more than a two hours or so in the saddle, comfort = speed to some extent. Also, we have a lot of wind in my neck of the woods, so I'm skeptical about how much energy is really saved by by the aerodynamic rims when you spend half of the race fighting with cross winds that are trying to blow your wheel from side to side. I do own some V-section rims that I use for crits and time trails. For the pros, however it might have more to do with what the sponsors are paying them to ride.
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Comfort and what sponsors pay to ride aren't it. The majority that opt for non-deep rims do when there's a lot of climbing involved. They feel lighter wheel weight is more important.
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Old 07-31-12, 12:57 PM
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climbing and braking. Also budget these teams dont have unlimited resources.
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Also these guys are pros and can draft to be efficient. Power readings are very low for the riders who sit in the pack. When they go out into the wind in a climb the weight savings in the right places is what matters.
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Also, these dudes are being paid to ride equipment provided by their sponsors and/or team. A team on Michelins, for example, ride clinchers... because Michelin doesn't make tubulars!

They somehow do ok. It's mainly because the top-level gear is all damn good and as long as the 3 contact points are correct a pro can ride any bike. Sure they will probably prefer a particular bike or wheelset, but this is their job. They ride and get on with it.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
Also, these dudes are being paid to ride equipment provided by their sponsors and/or team. A team on Michelins, for example, ride clinchers... because Michelin doesn't make tubulars!
Michelin does make a tubular tire. . .but a lot of times riders will ride rebadged tires or tires that have been sharpied over the logos. All big teams run tubulars. A lot of equipment gets rebadged and some times riders will even buy their own equipment if they really like a certain product.
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