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Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:56 am
by christiancew
Guys,
Recently bought an Orbea Orca Aero M20 Team 2018. Comes with Vision Comp 35 alloy wheels.

Now shopping for carbon rims and found a pair of Roval CLX 32 wheels for a decent price.

Was wondering how those would fare together because these are not as deep as I was looking for. I am not that experienced with bike gear and haven't ridden carbon wheels (yet). Another thing that worries me is that looks wise these narrower rims don't appeal to me as much.

Is upgrading worth it or should I wait for a pair of deeper section wheels? Do the Roval CLX 32s make that wonderful carbon wheels whoosh sound?

Thanks guys

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:18 am
by dgasmd
Honestly and realistically speaking, get the ones you like and look best to you. Won’t make any difference.

If it was me, I’d wait and get some much deeper rims if you live in relatively flat ground. Otherwise it won’t make any difference at.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:18 am
by Weenie

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:29 am
by spdntrxi
ofcourse the CLX32's will be a rather good upgrade to the alloy that came stock....but if they are not what you are looking for ? why bother? Define decent price?

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:07 am
by AJS914
If the whoosh sound is the most important thing to you then get deeper wheels that look correct.

Do modern deep wheels even whoosh anymore? My 50mm Farsports wheels don't seem to make any exceptional sounds.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:28 am
by RocketRacing
There are no rules, so it does not matter. However, if it were me i would go with aero wheels on that bike.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:10 am
by dudemanppl

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:03 am
by tonytourist

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:07 pm
by spdntrxi
tonytourist wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:03 am
Or:
https://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php
or maybe this one..except it more politics then anything else these days
https://forums.roadbikereview.com/forum.php

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:47 am
by hannawald
As for the functionality it depends on your average speed..but lookwise you should go deeper:) there are tons of pictures on google so you can see yourself that the bike looks really much nicer with deeper wheels. I would go around 50mm so you have something universal..

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:23 am
by wheelsONfire
christiancew wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:56 am
Guys,
Recently bought an Orbea Orca Aero M20 Team 2018. Comes with Vision Comp 35 alloy wheels.

Now shopping for carbon rims and found a pair of Roval CLX 32 wheels for a decent price.

Was wondering how those would fare together because these are not as deep as I was looking for. I am not that experienced with bike gear and haven't ridden carbon wheels (yet). Another thing that worries me is that looks wise these narrower rims don't appeal to me as much.

Is upgrading worth it or should I wait for a pair of deeper section wheels? Do the Roval CLX 32s make that wonderful carbon wheels whoosh sound?

Thanks guys
If you look for an "aero effect" talking wheels, you should know that the front wheel has the most effect.
Part from that, if aero is the thing, you should look for aero specific wheels and those would most likely be minimum 50mm.
Probably closer to 60 + mm. Read aero wheels tests....

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:15 pm
by CrankAddictsRich
The Roval wheels would definitely be a step up compared to stock... they'd certainly be lighter, which you will feel and I'd be willing to bet that they're actually more aero than the Visions, but probably not by a substantial enough amount that you'd be able to discern a difference on he road. In terms of looks, the 30-35mm wheel will probably look too thin on an aero bike. I agree with everyone above, you want to look for 50-60mm wheels... depending your weight and the locl conditions where you ride, 60's will probably be fine, unless you're light or its very windy... if it is, drp down to 50's.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:37 pm
by bilwit
Aero-specific bikes like the Orca Aero would look a little funny with 30-40mm rims IMO. Go 50-60mm. You may be forgiven with a shallower front-only for weather purposes.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:58 pm
by addictR1
bilwit wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Aero-specific bikes like the Orca Aero would look a little funny with 30-40mm rims IMO. Go 50-60mm. You may be forgiven with a shallower front-only for weather purposes.
i agreed.. i tried my friends DA C40 tubular on my TM02 and it looks handicapped compared to my current Reynolds Aero 46 + 72 rear.

Re: Lightweight wheels on aero bike: defeats purpose?

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:58 pm
by Weenie