Reynolds 90 Aero Clincher Wheelset - Road Bike Shop

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Reynolds 90 Aero Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher
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Marketing would like for you to believe that speed is entirely hinged on weight. After all, anyone can make a wheel deep and light, but it takes real prowess, dedication, and genius to create a wheel with the aerodynamic profile of the Reynolds 90 Aero Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset. Simply put, empirical testing at A2 has proven that no other wheel matches the 90's low drag numbers or stability. The reason for this is simple. At Reynolds, speed is everything. Now, we're going to be forward -- the complexity of the Aero design is deep, but we'll walk through it together. To start, one needs to understand the prevalent ideology in aerodynamic wheel design, and to do so, we need to understand drag. What is it Simply put, it's the restraining force that acts on the wheel when its direction of motion is counter to the free stream of airflow. Now, airflow near the surface of a wheel is turbulent by nature, and when it comes close to the rim surface, it becomes a turbulent boundary layer. This is the start of two kinds of drag, skin friction and pressure drag. Currently, wheel makers are attempting to harness the turbulent layer, reattaching it at the rear section of the rim. The reasoning behind this is that the system reduces pressure drag, but in return, the wheel sees gains in skin friction. However, this is viewed as a comprising trade off, as skin friction has around a ten-fold lower drag value than pressure drag. To maximize this turbulent system, we've been seeing builders create a constant, rounded edge at the spoke face. For those attempting it, it's been viewed as a leap forward in design. However, Reynolds finds it to be counterintuitive. We'll explain. You see, the science of aerodynamics has developed almost as a case of supply and demand. As aviation technology develops, engineers are forced to develop more efficient airfoil designs, and these designs take the shape of what's called a NACA profile -- think of a stretched out tear drop shape. In recent ye...