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Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike
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Just hoping for some in-put.


I have been working on an XS Tactical Triathlon bike which will be available around March 2018. It's time to specify the wheels that will come as standard equipment. For those 5'5" and below or coaches that work with athletes looking for better geometry on a smaller bike - what size wheels would you like to see on the bike?

1. 88/88
2. 88/50
3. Disc/50
4. something else?

The bike will have 650 wheels.

Thank you.

I appreciate your in-put.

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Dan Kennison

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [dkennison] [ In reply to ]
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My $0.02 would be the 88/88 option. If I never came on ST and didn't care, I'd opt for the disc/50 choice. But now, I'm too slow and therefore not worthy of owning a disc any longer...sigh...

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [dkennison] [ In reply to ]
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I am not sure how deep 88 is, and I know even less about wheels in general, but I know that a 650 wheel is about 10% smaller in diameter than a 700, so wouldn't an 88 650c be, in practice, about 10% deeper than a 700? IOW, proportionately more carbon relative to "empty" space in the center. I don't know if I could hold a front wheel that deep where I usually ride.

I am super excited about the possibility of this bike, although the specs suggest it may still be too tall for those of us with PadY in the 400s. I am going to try to find you in Kona (cheer squad, not fast enough to be racing) to hear more about it.
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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [Gee] [ In reply to ]
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Thank you. I will arrive in Kona Tuesday afternoon. Looking forward to seeing you.

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [Gee] [ In reply to ]
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Take pix and please report what you found, no later than camp in the Spring!

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [dkennison] [ In reply to ]
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My vote would be for a 88/88 or an 88/50.

I am excited to see what options you pull together on the Xsmall. My current ride will be replaced this season and my 650 options are so limited.
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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [instigator] [ In reply to ]
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Thank you. I'm leaning toward 88/50 based on the PM's. I have a few weeks before I need to make a decision.

Great for training and racing.

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Dan Kennison

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [dkennison] [ In reply to ]
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dkennison wrote:
Thank you. I'm leaning toward 88/50 based on the PM's. I have a few weeks before I need to make a decision.

Great for training and racing.

It depends what end of the spectrum the bike is pitched at. High end probably 88/50.

However, don't forget to factor small female riders weigh waaaaaaay less than your average triathlete and tend to be affected more by wind. I would never even consider a disc wheel but that is just me 0.02

If it is lower end of the spectrum those wheel choices feel too high.

Have made a huge assumption that majority of riders on xs 650 bikes will be under 5'3" and hence female.
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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [Stumps] [ In reply to ]
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Disc works fine in windy conditions. In fact, I find it more stable than my Zipp 404. It's the front end that gets pushed around in wind, not the back.

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Re: Wheel preference for XS Tactical Triathlon Bike [dkennison] [ In reply to ]
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Thank you all for your PM's and forum posts. I appreciate the in-put.

I have specified the XS Tactical with an 88 mm rear wheel and 50 mm front wheel. I will also produce an 88 mm front wheel for those that want another option.

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Dan Kennison

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