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Sprinters have long embraced aero bikes to get them to the line quickest. Conversely, climbing specialists have mostly avoided these heavier bikes at the Tour. When going uphill, lighter is faster. For the vast majority of riders, those of us not racing through France this July, an aero bike might actually be the better tool, even on some climbs.
First, consider what actually constitutes an aero bike: It has a frame built with mostly round or slightly shaped tubes, mated to low- to mid-depth wheels, and far less integration. Now, you can find a few crossover bikes that feature aerodynamic touches while maintaining the overall look and feel of a climbing bike.
When Cannondale engineers were designing the new SystemSix aero bikethey quickly realized that riders would benefit from aerodynamic tube shapes on climbs up to a 6 percent gradient.
For most people, aerodynamics is the most important design constraint, so you can add a little bit of weight to that system in order to reduce its drag. For a bike like SystemSix, that tipping point is around 6 percent grade. Those guys are most likely to encounter steeper grades with regularity.
Monte Zoncolan averages 11 percent and maxes out at an astounding 22 percent. Even Mont Ventoux averages right around 8 percent grade.
The categories are melding rapidly. That meant tailoring the truncated airfoil tube shapes to shave weight wherever possible and measuring that against the aerodynamic trade-offs.
There will always be a tradeoff between aerodynamics and light weight, simply because the most aerodynamic shapes require that materials be added to the frame.
A full airfoil — one that is not truncated, or chopped off at the rear end — would certainly add the most aerodynamic gains.
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But that comes at a cost, both in added weight and ride characteristics. A full airfoil would essentially act as a sail in crosswinds, making the bike difficult to control.
It also reduces lateral stiffness, which in turn leads to pedaling power loss. Fortunately, the choice should be somewhat easy: If you routinely climb pitches that are steeper than 6 percent or thereabouts, a climbing bike is probably your best tool for the job.
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