- Chinese carbon rear TT disc wheel – any about?
I have a Chinese carbon disc, bought from ebay. Seller was carbon-goods, I paid $820 for it, and it’s a tubular. I’m no expert on different discs, but it seems pretty decent, and I’ve had no issues with it. It’s not quite as loud and rumbly as a Zipp, but a fraction of the price. Can also be converted to track.
Here it is on the tri bike:
Is having its 2nd major outing this weekend in South Africa for another Ironman. Given the howling winds predicted, hopefully I won’t get blown away 😀
Cheers, RichPosted 5 years agoSamBMember
Hmmmm…. in that case I do wonder what performance gains you’d get from switching to a Chinese disc.
I mean obviously the WHOOSH WHOOSH WHOOSH will make you faster 😀 But Zipp state a 23s difference over 40k for an 808 pair vs 808 and Super 9. Swapping the aerojacket for a Chinese disc will probably drop a bit of weight and gain a bit of aero (maybe!), but I’m not sure how much that’ll be worth. Say 15s over 40k for £900?
Not knocking it if you’ve got the cash and nothing more to upgrade, but I think I’d have nicer aerobars / Di2 further up the list 🙂Posted 5 years agoturboferretSubscriber
Well, my cheap disc was closer to £500 than £900, so it seemed like decent value to me. As I’m based in India and only in the UK sporadically, it was much easier to buy new, albeit probably poorer quality, than 2nd hand, purely down to logistics. Were I UK based I would most likely have trawled the classifieds to get something with a good reputation.
I’m not really in a huge position of authority to comment on how fast it is, or have enough data to conclude if I’ve gained any more speed from it. It certainly isn’t as stiff as a Zipp as the sides can flex if squashed – the more expensive offerings have some sort of core filling, some of them honeycomb I think.
I already had the nice aerobars and Di2 😀
One other point, clearly you’ll lose your powertap with the disc – have you considered how you’ll replace that, as that could be a more expensive move than the disc! I certainly spent more on my Quarq than my disc 🙂
Cheers, RichPosted 5 years ago
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