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Does aero really matter?

 

Recently I spoke to a few different sales guys and asked their opinions on road bikes.

The result was not surprising, a few gave different answers but the majority came down to: "Bro, for racing you want the aero bike".

 

What does the hub think what the better bike will be for racing in the bunch:

The lightweight/climbing/all-rounder or the aero speed machine?

 

 

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Will it give an advantage if you are a pro time trial specialist like Spartacus, of course yes. But for an average road race in SA, hell no 

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Aero is nothing!!! Absolutely useless on the best day. Leave it on the porch and see whether it goes faster than the mtb standing next to it.

 

It's the legs that make the difference. If the legs are best at climbing, get a climbing bike, if the legs are better at going fast in a straight line, get a bike built for that.

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If you plan on doing big solo breakaways then yes it probably helps.

If you plan on doing mountainous tours in the Lowveld then it may not help so much.

Sitting in a bunch I don't think it has so much advantage over another bike but I do think the chunkier frame may add some stiffness which will help when you have to put the power down.

 

I love the look of some of the aero frames.....will I buy one because of it's advantages over a conventional frame......maybe not. I must first work on getting my own body more aero before I can justify buying a aero bike for it's advantages. 

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aero = the unfair advantage in racing  :whistling:

 

Not sure if the above mtb 'ers opinions are based on own experience, but I own both :ph34r:

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If you plan on doing big solo breakaways then yes it probably helps.

If you plan on doing mountainous tours in the Lowveld then it may not help so much.

Sitting in a bunch I don't think it has so much advantage over another bike but I do think the chunkier frame may add some stiffness which will help when you have to put the power down.

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I don't know about your chunkier frame statement.

Not sure about their latest model, but the Spez Tarmac is way stiffer than the previous gen Venge.

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I want to have those solid disk wheels just for that whoosh sound they make (You know that sound when the Pro's come past you on their 2nd lap .... so awesome)

 

No chance it will make me faster... not with my current level of training but damn that sound would make me smile and feel like Lance on a full dose of EPO. 

 

In much the same vain.... I just love the look of an aero bike... so sexy.  Will it make me faster?  Hell no but boy will I feel good.

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Does aero really matter?

 

Recently I spoke to a few different "sales guys".

 

I feel cooler looking bikes and consumerism was the driving force behind aero bikes, not the calculated drag coefficient gains.

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Does aero really matter?

 

Recently I spoke to a few different sales guys and asked their opinions on road bikes.

The result was not surprising, a few gave different answers but the majority came down to: "Bro, for racing you want the aero bike".

 

What does the hub think what the better bike will be for racing in the bunch:

The lightweight/climbing/all-rounder or the aero speed machine?

Not sure I'll take advice from a salesman "bro-ing" me.

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Honestly with tech going the way its going you could choose either. The aero losses on the "regular" frames are not a much these days with some sort of aero research obviously going into all designs and the aero bikes are no longer that heavy either so the weight difference is not that much comfort might not be the best but some non aero bikes are worse than some of the new aero frames.

 

1. I have an "aero" bike because it looks good and if there is an advantage - great.

2. I feel fast on it - confidence inspiring I suppose (may be misguided but whatever)

3. marginal gains... :ph34r:

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Does aero really matter?

 

Recently I spoke to a few different sales guys and asked their opinions on road bikes.

The result was not surprising, a few gave different answers but the majority came down to: "Bro, for racing you want the aero bike".

 

What does the hub think what the better bike will be for racing in the bunch:

The lightweight/climbing/all-rounder or the aero speed machine?

I'm surprised they did not suggest a red bike as well.

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Aero is very important, but know that the bike makes a very small portion of your aero resistance. Most of the aero resistance comes from you body. Unfortunately you can't spend money on reducing your comfortable hip angle.

 

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