Racers have an attraction for carbon track wheels which is compelling. Most of the time professional racers race on them. The carbon track wheels have grown only recently. It has become a part of a fashion statement. The aero appearance is in vogue and so is carbon fiber. Track cycling is related to speed thus, the main properties it possesses is
- Aerodynamics designs are important to keep wind resistance low
- Stiffness is necessary for conducting confident turns at full speed. Thus, it makes steering more direct and dependable.
- Carbon track wheels are ideal because of lightweight and permit it to be shaped aerodynamically
This helps it withstand some major forces. Wheels can make all the difference in winning and losing a race. All the properties help to reach top speed fast and safely. The lightweight design is advantageous as it makes it easier to maintain speed. The hand-built carbon track wheels come in 90mm double arc rim layout. Two spoke and five-spoke bladed wheels and total carbon discs with lenticular shape gives peak performance.
Track cycling has gained recognition ever since British athletes in 2008 won a medal in the Beijing Olympics. This success stories inspired many in London in 2010, followed by Rio Olympics where dedicated cyclist and fans cheered the event.
Meaning of Track bike
A track bike is an uncomplicated machine. With one fixed gear, you cannot stop pedalling. The fixed gear is used to gain speed and slow down. Other parts on the bike are two wheels, a saddle, and handlebars.
A quality carbon track wheels bike should be easy to handle enhancing confidence even when altering direction at high speed. When acceleration goes up it should be sturdy enough to endure the harsh forces generated on the track while riding. It needs to be stable even at high speed more so on moving for a flat-out sprint for the concluding line. The time spent on the track bike is comparatively short, so comfort is not the actual consideration.
Characteristics of carbon track wheels
- Extremely stiff resulting in a direct power transmission without energy loss
- The temperature stays stable more so in the region of brake tracks
- Arrow-quick acceleration because of excellent stiffness to weight ratio.
- Light and stable with high directional stability
- Very well suited for high mountains, all-round training, and competition
- It can be easily customized because it is adaptable
It was at the beginning of last century that carbon rims were used exclusively for racing more so for triathlon racing. At that time, they were very fragile and difficult to construct. A few companies constructed wheels for sponsored professionals. With the introduction of carbon rims, the quality became better. The credit for this does not go to the carbon but to the glues that kept it in place. In the beginning, the carbon wheels would break after a single training ride. However, research continued, and better products were introduced in the market.
In the construction process, the carbon rim wheel does not bend. Thus, carbon wheel centres the hub in the rim. The quality of the rim is very vital. Carbon rims are stronger than alloy, but they melt. The glue holds the carbon in the rim. In case the glue heats up very much it is likely to melt the rim if the temperature touches 220degrees Celsius. It is so because carbon does not dissipate heat. The total energy in stopping the bike is turned into heat through the brake and rim interface. Thus, total energy going on a hill is converted into heat slowing down on the way downhill.
Fanning the brakes even at a minimum rate creates a big difference. Pressing the brakes at the last moment before downhill curve transfers a lot of heat on to the rims. Racers brake accordingly as they have knowledge but those unaware can melt the rim.