I would like to understand some wheel selections

Ubysie
Ubysie Posts: 7
edited November 2008 in Road beginners
Hi there,

I've been watching the grand tours recently and I realized that professionals are using climbing wheels in the front and aero wheels at the back. What is the reason behind using this combination?

Thanks for reading this.

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  • Could make sense. The deep section rims are really strong and will be more efficient when climbing than a normal rim.
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    A deeper rear than front makes the bike easier to control in winds.
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  • A deeper rear than front makes the bike easier to control in winds.


    And therefor descents!?!?
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    brownbosh wrote:
    A deeper rear than front makes the bike easier to control in winds.


    And therefor descents!?!?

    Yes, it's more critical to be in control descending at 45mph, than climbing at 10mph, but it'll help at all speeds.
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Can't say i've noticed it myself, though you often see non matched wheels due to punctures. The best deep rimmed wheels are easily as light as 'climbing' wheels.
  • Bronzie
    Bronzie Posts: 4,927
    In the mountains in particular, I thought they tended to use alloy rims on front wheel with a carbon rear rim because the braking response of carbon rims (especially when wet) is a little unpredictable and it's easy to lock them up.........which is a very bad thing on the front wheel.