Wheels

Review: Magene Exar RB45 Pro Asymmetric Road Bike Wheels
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Review: Magene Exar RB45 Pro Asymmetric Road Bike Wheels

Introduction Magene are a fairly new entrant into the road bike wheel marketplace but they are well known for their power meter and turbo trainer offerings. Magene also have a large OEM presence. Exar is their wheel specific sub brand. The wheels on test are RB45 Pro rim brake wheels with a Shimano freehub. They…

Ascent Polaris Wheel Review: Too Wide to be fast
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Ascent Polaris Wheel Review: Too Wide to be fast

Introduction Ascent is a company based in Singapore who make a bicycle parts. A relatively young company, they have been around on the market for a few years. The wheels on tested were their Polaris with DT 180 hubs and carbon spokes. Ascent have stated their rims are made in China by a third party…

Winspace LUN Hyper 65 Carbon Wheelset Review
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Winspace LUN Hyper 65 Carbon Wheelset Review

Introduction Winspace is a company based in Xiamen, China that has come from virtually totally unknown outside of it’s home market to being quite a dominant player in the world of high performance bicycle wheels. Two years ago, the original Hyper 50 wheel was released to the public, since it’s initial released it has gained…

Modern Real World Cycling Aerodynamics
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Modern Real World Cycling Aerodynamics

Cycling aerodynamics in recent times has been dominated by “wind tunnel data” used by vendors to highlight the benefits of their particular wheel or frameset. This data has often been shrouded in marketing spin accompanied by some lavish blurb about yaw angles. However, there has been a recent trend towards discounting this data or at…

Bicycle Wheel Power Data 30km/h
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Bicycle Wheel Power Data 30km/h

Over several years, bike wheels have been tested for aerodynamic performance. To date, this is the largest independent dataset available. Popular brands such as DT Swiss, SwissSide, Shimano, Mavic and Bontrager have all been tested. This dataset was originally derived from wind tunnel test data but has latterly moved over to Dinitriev number with a…

Ceramic Bearings vs Steel Bearings: An Engineering Analysis
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Ceramic Bearings vs Steel Bearings: An Engineering Analysis

One of the most controversial topics in the cycling industry is with regards the topic of Ceramic bearings and whether they do or do not reduce friction dramatically in riding. This article will address some of the concerns and topics associated with this debate and quantify the numbers. Internal Bearing construction – Ceramic bearings are…

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