The Best Aerodynamic Bike Wheels

The Best Aerodynamic Bike Wheels
Winning cyclists push themselves and their equipment harder than the competition, and they understand the value of good aerodynamics. When they turn on the juice, they rely on aerodynamic wheels to minimize wind resistance and put them ahead of the pack. If you're a competitive rider, you'll want the performance edge that good racing wheels provide. This is particularly important at speeds exceeding 25 mph as aerodynamic drag creates 90 percent of the resistance to your forward motion.

Mavic KYSRIUM SSC SSL

If you're looking for a secret weapon, your search is over. Mavic's KYSRIUM is so amazing that it easily gives good riders a winning edge. Its features are head and shoulders above the competition, making it a must-have purchase for serious racers. The KYSRIUM SSC SSL excels in its ability to transfer power to the road. Among many reasons why are its advanced Maxtal material, FTS-L integrated wheel mechanism, optimized dish and variable rim height. Lightweight and strong, Mavic's stellar performer retails for $800 as of January 2010 and is often available for less.

Reynolds DV3KT

Reynolds has redefined tubular bike wheels with the DV3KT. Advanced carbon layup technology and extreme 466 mm rim profile depths take aerodynamics to the limit. Outstanding lateral stiffness delivers immediate acceleration, excellent performance at high speeds, a stable ride and responsive handling. Reynolds' vibration management system reduces rider fatigue while increasing overall comfort. You'll find the DV3KT at prices ranging from $950 to $2,300.

Lew Racing Pro VT-1

At 850 g, the Pro VT-1 is the world's lightest set of wheels. Its designer, Paul Lew, also builds UAVs for the department of defense so he knows how to get the most from composite materials. The Pro VT-1 uses carbon fiber and boron to shed weight without compromising strength and its three-flange hub maximizes power transfer to the rim and road. While very efficient, these wheels react so quickly to rider input that they feel unstable to first time riders. If you're able and willing to fork out $6,000 for the lightest wheels on earth, the buck stops here.

Zipp 303

The 303's aluminum clincher rim makes it a top choice on the racing circuit. It has a 44 mm rim profile depth for excellent aerodynamics, and its durability smokes the competition. This gives riders who race steep grades and rough road surfaces the confidence to do whatever's needed to get the win. If you can manage Zipp's $2,300 selling price, you'll get what you paid for.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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