Agony of Indecision!

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Agony of Indecision!

Postby rubhadubh » December 22nd, 2012, 6:47 am

Please help me out here... I can only afford to buy one wheel at a time, and there's no guarantee that if I buy one, I'll have the money to buy another any time soon. I have Mavic Ksyrium Equipes on my Cervelo P2 for training and racing hills/wind, and am looking to add a pure triathlon race wheel setup, mostly for longer distance races.

So, which wheels, and in what order, would you recommend? I'm a reasonably strong cyclist, so I'm leaning towards a 90mm front, or do I play safe at 60mm? If I bought the front first, I could probably stretch to a wheel cover for my ksyrium rear and have a usable race setup.

If my next wheel purchase was a 90mm rear, the wheel cover then gives me a full range of options, until some mythical point in the future when I add a dedicated disk.

That's logical enough when I write it down, but it 'feels' wrong to buy a front wheel first! And is the wheel cover going to be too much of a pain. Should I just bite the bullet and buy a rear wheel for racing, and leave the ksyriums for training on?
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Re: Agony of Indecision!

Postby cyberjunkie21 » December 22nd, 2012, 7:21 pm

Front wheel first is most important, gotta cut through the air! I'd go with the 60 front, then try to get a 60/90 rear with cover or disk rear.
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Re: Agony of Indecision!

Postby rubhadubh » December 23rd, 2012, 7:11 pm

Interesting that you say front first - most folks seem to go for an aero back wheel first? Makes sense though... thanks for your input.
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Re: Agony of Indecision!

Postby Chris Thornham » December 23rd, 2012, 8:20 pm

rubhadubh wrote:Please help me out here... I can only afford to buy one wheel at a time, and there's no guarantee that if I buy one, I'll have the money to buy another any time soon. I have Mavic Ksyrium Equipes on my Cervelo P2 for training and racing hills/wind, and am looking to add a pure triathlon race wheel setup, mostly for longer distance races.

So, which wheels, and in what order, would you recommend? I'm a reasonably strong cyclist, so I'm leaning towards a 90mm front, or do I play safe at 60mm? If I bought the front first, I could probably stretch to a wheel cover for my ksyrium rear and have a usable race setup.

If my next wheel purchase was a 90mm rear, the wheel cover then gives me a full range of options, until some mythical point in the future when I add a dedicated disk.

That's logical enough when I write it down, but it 'feels' wrong to buy a front wheel first! And is the wheel cover going to be too much of a pain. Should I just bite the bullet and buy a rear wheel for racing, and leave the ksyriums for training on?


In my opinion a front FLO and wheel cover would be MUCH better than a training wheel and a rear FLO when budget is a factor. Wheel covers are very aero and as others have mentioned the front wheel is the first to see the wind. It's important for it to be aero. What speeds do you average? You might want to read the few articles/post below that I put together to help you make up your mind. Let me know if you have any other questions.

What FLO Wheels Should I Buy?
http://www.flocycling.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=85

Part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to Buying Race Wheels
http://flocycling.blogspot.com/2012/12/flo-cycling-ultimate-guide-to-buying_10.html

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Re: Agony of Indecision!

Postby rubhadubh » December 23rd, 2012, 9:01 pm

Thanks Chris, I averaged around 36kph / 23mph for longer distance races this year and should be a bit quicker in 2013 :-) Sort of puts me on the borderline for a bigger front - 60 is probably the safer bet though.
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Re: Agony of Indecision!

Postby Chris Thornham » December 24th, 2012, 11:03 am

rubhadubh wrote:Thanks Chris, I averaged around 36kph / 23mph for longer distance races this year and should be a bit quicker in 2013 :-) Sort of puts me on the borderline for a bigger front - 60 is probably the safer bet though.


I'd steer towards recommending the Front 60 at your speeds. The aero advantages are very small if any between the two wheels. As an example, our pro triathlete Josh Amberger who averages 26mph+ uses a front FLO 60 and it's not holding him back.

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