I think you are inferring more of an issue then there is. One or two folks posting about not trusting wind tunnels is not a trend or majority. This is a tangent argument that is sensationalizing the issue of aero road frames. I think most folks believe that aero frames work... it's just clouded in hype (in my opinion).
I agree that wheel aerodynamics and frame aerodynamics should be treated similarly. I involked the same argument in my earlier post, but for a different conclusion. That is, the windtunnel testing for road races should overlay with a higher yaw angle distribution than for TT. Again, i.e. just like with deep wheels, a Zipp 1080 might not be the fastest wheel in the pack because of it's shallow stall angle. Therefore, yes, the wheel analogy is good, but inferring that maximally aero is always better is a bit misleading. I believe that aero frames are not a black and white issue as you may have inferred.
I'm not opposed to promoting this article, I think it'll be good to get feedback from a lot of smart forum members.
I don't think the issue is black and white either. I was merely pointing out the odd disparity between the general agreement that aero wheels are worth running, while aero frames are not. That makes no sense to me. In a race situation, I will take every advantage I can get. That means finding the optimum balance between aerodynamics, handling, and ride quality, since the latter two also can be considered "advantages." I think that with the latest batch of aero road frames, we have reached a tipping point where the drawbacks in ride quality and handling are small enough so as to be easily outweighed by the improved aerodynamics. Before, there was compromise. Now, there really isn't. So why not go aero?
(by the way, my original intention was not to promote the magazine, just to provide a little data for you all.)
I agree with the above.
As I stated earlier, all things being constant, with an aero bike and aero wheels, you will be faster than if you were on your "other" CDale fat tubed bike, or whatever inferior frame/wheel design. Who cares what the actual conditions are, you are comparing the frames in a very specific controlled environment, which makes the test completely valid.
That is why I said, all things being equal, if you were to be racing on an aero frame, then in the middle of pedaling the bike, switch to a non-aero frame with chunky wheels, you will be slower, or in other words, have more grams of drag, or required more wattage to overcome said drag to maintain the same speed as the aero setup.
I personally want any advantage I can get that will save wattage. That is why I run an aero frame and zipp 303 FC wheels. It is "faster" than my old deep 50mm carbon setup and CDale SuperSiz fat tubed frame, that is for sure.