Which FLO Wheels Should I Buy?

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Re: Which FLO Wheels Should I Buy?

Postby Chris Thornham » May 15th, 2016, 12:37 pm

thomashands wrote:I would like to see an update to this post using the new wheel designs.

I am a currently considering the purchase of a new set of wheels and I am having difficulty deciding on which pair. The only reason i would pick the carbon + aluminum option is so that i can easily swap out my aluminum training wheels and not have to worry about the brake pads. Otherwise, I am certainly leaning towards the carbon clinchers. Weight savings alone would certainly justify the minor dollar difference for all carbon.

Now, which size to go for? According to one of your tables, the 60 is only 8 seconds faster over the 45 in a 40K race. Would I be better off with the weight savings of the 45's especially as lot of my riding involves hills? I am a strong enough an certainly heavy enough rider that 60's all around is not a concern for handling in wind conditions. I am just looking for the best combination for riding triathlons and road races.

Thanks,

Tom


Tom,

My rule of thumb for front wheels is, always pick the deepest wheel you can handle in all wind conditions. For most people that is the front FLO 60. Combine that with the fact that you are also doing road races, and I'd point you towards the 60 set. The weight difference between the 45 set and 60 set is small, and aerodynamics save you far more time than weight even with hills. I think the 60 set will be the fastest of the two options.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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Re: Which FLO Wheels Should I Buy?

Postby Chris Thornham » June 17th, 2016, 12:01 pm

thomashands wrote:I would like to see an update to this post using the new wheel designs.

I am a currently considering the purchase of a new set of wheels and I am having difficulty deciding on which pair. The only reason i would pick the carbon + aluminum option is so that i can easily swap out my aluminum training wheels and not have to worry about the brake pads. Otherwise, I am certainly leaning towards the carbon clinchers. Weight savings alone would certainly justify the minor dollar difference for all carbon.

Now, which size to go for? According to one of your tables, the 60 is only 8 seconds faster over the 45 in a 40K race. Would I be better off with the weight savings of the 45's especially as lot of my riding involves hills? I am a strong enough an certainly heavy enough rider that 60's all around is not a concern for handling in wind conditions. I am just looking for the best combination for riding triathlons and road races.

Thanks,

Tom


I just finished updating this post. All info should be relevant to our new wheels now.

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Re: Which FLO Wheels Should I Buy?

Postby defaultwin » July 11th, 2017, 4:22 pm

I'm looking to upgrade the RS11's that came with my BMC GF02. I'm a recreational rider that weighs 190lbs and lives in a hilly area with some gnarly chewed up pavement.

I'd love the free speed, but am concerned with comfort and durability too. What's the best option for something low maintenance and relatively bombproof? Would the 45's do the trick, or am I better opting for aluminum?

Thanks!
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Re: Which FLO Wheels Should I Buy?

Postby Chris Thornham » July 17th, 2017, 9:37 am

defaultwin wrote:I'm looking to upgrade the RS11's that came with my BMC GF02. I'm a recreational rider that weighs 190lbs and lives in a hilly area with some gnarly chewed up pavement.

I'd love the free speed, but am concerned with comfort and durability too. What's the best option for something low maintenance and relatively bombproof? Would the 45's do the trick, or am I better opting for aluminum?

Thanks!


If you are looking for the lowest maintenance option, then I would lean towards suggesting our Aluminum + Carbon line. I say this because you will not have to change your brake pads when switching between your standard aluminum brake track training wheels and our wheels. Also, if you are riding on really rough pavement or in rainy/hilly conditions, the aluminum brake track will perform a little better when it rains. If you are looking to get a great set of wheels that you can put on your bike and not worry about, I'd suggest the FLO 60 A+C set.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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