Atomic Kitten wrote:Do you notice much of a difference to whatever else you're using on the front - beyond the requisite placebo effect?
No (assuming you're writing this in response to my note, my apologies if you're not). In fact, the first thing I noticed was a wobble and I immediately stopped and swapped back to the older wheel. The 5 spoke is getting looked at today, there's something wrong in the axle/bearings as it's loose. This is when we find out if FRF are a good wholesaler and provide acceptable support for what is a very expensive wheel, even wholesale. I now owe CS-M money, normally Pete owes me!
I don't expect the 5 spoke will feel much different, but I do expect it to be fractionally faster than my current front race wheel - which is a quite stiff and moderately deep section CF tubular rim with a low spoke count. I'm a big oaf and don't pretend to be able to feel the difference between 105 and dura-ace shifters either (and reckon that with a blindfold most wouldn't, but that's another story
). But as you're aware, at high speeds aerodynamics do play a big role and these wheels are supposed to be as aero as it gets and still able to steer quickly and be ridden outdoors in wind.
But, it's available for hire (once the axle is sorted) and you can have a go on it for a bit of a ride at DISC for free if you want to try it for yourself. We'll be there next Sunday but not this Sunday, it's the SSS practice day at BBN so no DISC session, I can't be in two places at once. We'll have to skip the blindfold so there'll be placebo issues, of course.
Combined with the power meter I might get a chance to do some crude homebrew aero testing at some point over summer. Raoul's wind tunnel sessions are outside my budget so I can't get in there to get some high quality testing done. I'm only going to use the wheel at SSS rounds and club championships and the club teams championships and the Vic masters if I go again this year, the rest of the time it's available for hire, along with the disk and the PT wheel.