I hope April 18, 2017, when this test took place, proves to be an important moment in the cycling equipment space. We completed a crowd-funded, pro-consumer effort to assess the performance claims made by manufacturers of the world's finest and fastest race bikes.This independent assessment is the first of its kind due to the enormous expense required. Only industry could afford it -- until now. Support came from the entire cycling community, including from the manufacturers the study could undermine. Together with Heath Dotson, Brian Stover, Dan Kennison, Jimmy Seear, Geoff Eaker, Herbert Krabel, and Bryan Deitz, We six bikes in the tunnel to see which is fastest, and by how much. This next phase is interpreting and modeling and explaining the data that may roil an industry -- or will the output validate it? We will find out.
The big day is here. So many have contributed time and equipment and money -- via the GoFundMe campaign -- to facilitate the independent wind tunnel testing of some of the world's finest aero bikes: the Cervelo P5, the Cervelo P5-X, the Diamondback Andean, the Premier Tactical, the Ventum One, and the Felt B Series. For the nitty gritty details, the previous thread on this test has them.
We are still a touch short on the fundraising, so please spread the word and share the link to the GoFundMe on social media -- or, if you can throw another ten spot at it, we appreciate that too. (As a pro tip, it works better to share the link as a native post in Facebook or Twitter rather than through the GoFundMe page because some social networks de-prioritize third party content.) https://www.gofundme.com/...tt-bike-aerodynamics
BryanD will be updating this thread with pictures and information. Here are a few pictures to get the juices flowing of the bike builds and synchronization work in progress -- these are not final, so don't nit pick. We have taken and noted key measurements of all bikes, and everything that matters is within 2-3mm, with most down to less than 1mm.