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    rear wheels: 3 spoke vs. disk

    Whats faster at 20mph+?

    Is a disk wheel faster at 20 then a 3 spoke
    How durable are disk wheels like the HED Standard

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    go to analytic cycling and you can run every wheel and every scenario under the sun. The bottom line is a disc is fastest, but it isn't significantly faster than a Hed trispoke. If you have bad crosswinds in your area and you are considered with the effect it will have on your bike handling, you may be better off with a trispoke than a disc.

    Durability wise, both discs and tri spokes should be fine unless you wreck them or seek out huge potholes on a regular basis.

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    Aerobars vs Drop Bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by custombike
    Whats faster at 20mph+?

    Is a disk wheel faster at 20 then a 3 spoke
    How durable are disk wheels like the HED Standard
    Are the use of aerobars with integrated brake levers good for turning or are they unstable?
    Whats better: An aerobar like the HED or a high end carbon stem/handlebar combo?

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    You should always buy the most expensive equipment you can find, because in cycling, $ = performance.

    Seriously, you're asking some pretty ridiculous questions. Read up on them (like, product info), go to your shop and talk to the folks, then come here asking to compare two or three options. But don't just ask "What's better, a or b?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by custombike
    Are the use of aerobars with integrated brake levers good for turning or are they unstable?
    Whats better: An aerobar like the HED or a high end carbon stem/handlebar combo?
    Judging by your questions you sound relatively new.

    Just in case you don't know, a disk is NOT allowed in road races or crits. It's only allowed in time trials. Same for a aerobar. They're faster, but not allowed in mass races because they'd result in a lot of crashes due to small handling errors.
    if you're building up a bike to race it in a crit or RR, go for normal wheels, and normal al handlebars... Carbon bars/stem don't make any difference. Really. I ride a carbon bar, I'm no faster than when my bike had an AL bar. And if I crash, I get to buy a new bar.
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    If you're only going 20 mph, it's rather silly to pop for the expense of a Disc or Tri spoke. Save your money for when you get faster.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    +1 for what Grumpy said.

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    Whaaaaat?

    What's faster at 20mph? 21 mph. What's more "aero" at 20mph depends on a few factors. Topography, wind speed and angle, and your fitness level. Most data supports that disc wheels front and rear are the most "aero" set-up in ideal conditions. You'd have to ask asgelle, or consult the rule book as to if discs in front are even legal anymore. That brings us back to disc wheels in the rear being the most aero in ideal conditions. As another poster wrote, if the wind is a problem, you can sub a tri-spoke wheel and still maintain control of the bike and get "aero" advantage. All of that being said, if you are still working on training, who isn't, putting the money you'd spend on having either of the wheels towards coaching and training will give you more in the long run. "aero" wheels, forks, seatposts, etc are all for fine tuning your performance after you've got a good fitness system down pat. They'll save a conditoned athlete the seconds promised by magazine ads, maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by estone2
    Just in case you don't know, a disk is NOT allowed in road races or crits.
    I'd refer you to USCF Rule 1Jc. "Wheels may be made with spokes or solid construction." Disk wheels are perfectly acceptable for mass start events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY
    If you're only going 20 mph, it's rather silly to pop for the expense of a Disc or Tri spoke. Save your money for when you get faster.
    If you're paying an entry fee, there's no reason not to spend what you can afford on the fastest possible equipment. The 20 mph rider will save more time with a disk than a 25 mph rider.

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    If you feel that you just have to buy some speed, your money will be better spent getting a Tri spoke for the front wheel. Your front wheel is out there, in the wind, 100% of the time. Your rear wheel is partially shielded from the wind by the seat tube.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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