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Triathlon wheels

30 Jan 2015 12:50

Hi, I'm about to buy a Cervelo P3 for triathlons from sprint to Ironman distance. Can anybody recommend wheels? Don't know whether to go for deep section wheels or a disc and tri spoke? Difficult to find information on potential performance gains from each. Cheers
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30 Jan 2015 13:22

Your decision will make no difference to anything. The disc/tri-spoke will be nasty if it's windy, though. Buy the setup you like the look of. Or better yet, save your money and go on a nice trip somewhere.

(I can't believe that the tri-world doesn't have endless advice on this stuff. I'd try and find you a reference, but everytime I go to slowtwitch I laugh so hard I can't get anything done).
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30 Jan 2015 14:25

Waiting for BroDeal to chime in on this thread. ;)

Disc and trispoke are something you would use really only when racing and if it's windy, you could be in big trouble.

I would go 45mm, or 45mm in front, 66 in rear.
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30 Jan 2015 14:28

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31 Jan 2015 06:01

50/60mm would be the most versatile.Disc/trispoke is the 1st choice for Protour timetrials but maybe too stiff/uncomfortable for ironman distance.if you choose tubulars, you may need butyl inner tubes as latex would lose pressure if you have to park the bike overnight.
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31 Jan 2015 10:07

simo1733 wrote:50/60mm would be the most versatile.Disc/trispoke is the 1st choice for Protour timetrials but maybe too stiff/uncomfortable for ironman distance.if you choose tubulars, you may need butyl inner tubes as latex would lose pressure if you have to park the bike overnight.


Pump tyre up in morning. Latex better the rolling resistance
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31 Jan 2015 10:26

ray j willings wrote:Pump tyre up in morning. Latex better the rolling resistance


Latex is better for sure but sometimes for triathlon you don't get to pump you're tyres in the morning.Thats why it is typical for tubs marketed for triathlon to have butyl whilst high end road tubs are almost always latex.
PS: What ever happened to those pink AirB inner tubes.They seemed to be the best of both world's
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31 Jan 2015 13:19

Slowmo wrote:Hi, I'm about to buy a Cervelo P3 for triathlons from sprint to Ironman distance. Can anybody recommend wheels? Don't know whether to go for deep section wheels or a disc and tri spoke? Difficult to find information on potential performance gains from each. Cheers


A big 'depends'. Wind, course, climbing.

Probably a set of mid depth carbon all rounders..Campagnolo or Fulcrum.

http://www.fulcrumwheels.com/en
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31 Jan 2015 13:56

ray j willings wrote:Latex better the rolling resistance


Seriously?
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31 Jan 2015 18:01

winkybiker wrote:Seriously?


Tell me why I am wrong?
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01 Feb 2015 00:20

As what BK says about the course. Some favorites of mine are the Reynolds Aero 72's. front and rear
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01 Feb 2015 00:26

Slowmo wrote:Hi, I'm about to buy a Cervelo P3 for triathlons from sprint to Ironman distance. Can anybody recommend wheels? Don't know whether to go for deep section wheels or a disc and tri spoke? Difficult to find information on potential performance gains from each. Cheers


If you're new to riding a Time Trial/Triathlon bike then I would go with a set of mid depth deep section wheels, around 38 to 50mm deep. These should be manageable in most conditions.

As for brands, speak to your local bike shop and find out which brands they are familiar with and what is reliable and easy to maintain. There aren't huge performance differences between the various brands but reliability can vary wildly. As a starting point, I would look at Enve, Reynolds, Hed, Shimano and Campagnolo.
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01 Feb 2015 01:32

winkybiker wrote:Seriously?


It is consistent with the articles I have read. More compliant but we are not talking big watts here I expect. Latex tubes are lower rolling resistance.
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01 Feb 2015 05:15

42x16ss wrote:.......................... I would look at Enve, Reynolds, Hed, Shimano and Campagnolo.


You wheels need to be compatible with your drive system (Compagnolo or Shimano/SRAM).
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01 Feb 2015 22:55

Master50 wrote:It is consistent with the articles I have read. More compliant but we are not talking big watts here I expect. Latex tubes are lower rolling resistance.


You misunderstand me. I'm not doubting that latex tubes are "faster". But honestly, who cares? Same with the wheels. People agonize over a few watts or grams. Seriously, life's too short. Just go ride your bike.
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02 Feb 2015 02:43

avanti wrote:You wheels need to be compatible with your drive system (Compagnolo or Shimano/SRAM).

True, but don't forget that freehubs can be converted if you find the right wheels at the right price ;)
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02 Feb 2015 13:03

avanti wrote:You wheels need to be compatible with your drive system (Compagnolo or Shimano/SRAM).


Yes but remember, unlike shimaNO wheels, Campagnolo/Fulcrum can be converted to shimano/spam.
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02 Feb 2015 13:18

Latex tubes? Really guys, can we not keep the random off-topic bickering out of the helpful parts of the forum.



A decent set of carbon aero clinchers, built with enough spokes that you can train on them to start with.

And yes, that means hand-built, it's worth it. Spec them so you get an easily serviceable hub, spokes that don't take weeks to arrive and use a local builder who can do maintenance/repairs in a couple of days when you drop the wheels off.
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11 Oct 2016 12:41

Tri spoke would be fine if it's windy, especially the rim shape is well designed.
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13 Oct 2016 06:04

mdus08 wrote:Tri spoke would be fine if it's windy, especially the rim shape is well designed.


Replying to posts almost two years later. Ok. What in the hell happened to this place? Used to be a busy hub of shared information. It's a **** ghost town! :(
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