Anyone here road race / do crits with properly deep wheels?
I’m talking 70mm plus.
I’ve got a hankering for some 75-85mm wheels. They look sexy. I’m a big rider and a breakaway specialist. I’ve got mid-sections already (48mm) but my old race bike used to have 65s which I loved and never had issue with.
Who’s tried it and what did they think? Any difference in handling on technical courses?
Take it as an opportunity to post your photos of your road bike with deeep wheels for me to admire
I know it’s not exactly what you are asking, but I used to have 80mm and 100mm wheels on my TRI bike.
That was over a decade ago and they weren’t top end wheels at the time. I would happily run a deep deep wheel for road racing in the rear, I’d probably limit to 65mm on the front but only so that on windy days I wasn’t limited to the training wheels.
Assuming the wheels you would get are lighter than what I had, I’d say on non-windy days you could run a 70-80mm front. It did slow my steering down, so you’d have to ride super deliberately with it in a crit.
Definitely deep on the rear, unless it’s super-mega-windy. Ideally have a choice of fronts depending on conditions. Also there’s a lot to be said for the psychosomatics of feeling faster because you have this or that bit of kit. Basically unless it make the bike unrideable, go for it.
I run 80mm rims whatever the weather. The newer U shape profiles are really no worse in crosswinds than my 50mm wheels. If you are a heavier rider that will also help with stability. The weight between my 50mm and 80mm is about 100-200g for the wheelset, I don’t race hilly courses so equipment weight doesn’t matter so much, also I’m 80Kg