Laufrad 1x1 - Teil 3/3: Laufrad-Konfiguration und Optimierung

Wheelset 1x1 - Part 3/3: Wheel configuration and optimization

What adjustments can be made to the wheel set-up to optimize the performance of the wheel system for different purposes? You can find out in the third part of our three-part blog series "LEEZE wheel 1x1".

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Performance wheels - more complex than you thought?

In Part 2/3: Wheel components and additional components of our "Leeze Wheel 1x1" series, we made it clear that, in addition to the central components of a wheel, certain additional components are also required to turn the wheel into a functioning wheel system. Building on this, in the third and final Part 3/3: Wheel tuning and optimization, we would like to explain in more detail which adjusting screws can be used to optimize complex wheel systems for maximum performance in cycling.

Basically, there is no such thing as the "perfect wheelset" that offers optimum performance for all cycling requirements. Different wheel systems for cycling are therefore tuned and optimized so that the wheel characteristics match the requirements of a specific training or racing situation. Three wheel characteristics in particular can be distinguished here, whose tuning and optimization in wheel construction we will explain in more detail below: aerodynamics, agility and lightness, as well as all-round capability.

Maximum aerodynamics - the thrill of speed

If you are a speed junkie and ride on flat tracks or time trial events, aerodynamics are the key to increasing performance. Aerodynamically tuned wheels are specifically designed to minimize drag and maximize speed on flat tracks. Wheel systems are optimized for maximum aerodynamics using the following parameters:

Rim profile: Very deep rims (70-80mm) are used to direct the airflow more efficiently around the wheel and optimize airflow effects. This is exactly where the Leeze CC78 Disc EVO WASO comes in. Deep rims offer significantly improved aerodynamics, but are heavier than flat rims.

Spokes: Wheels with aerodynamic spoke profiles reduce air resistance. Flat spoke shapes (for example by using knife spokes) are often the best choice here: we use these in all our road wheelsets.

Tire width: It is advisable to use narrower tires (25-28mm), especially on the front wheel, to further reduce translational drag (the air resistance caused by the airstream). Narrow tires have a smaller frontal area and thus reduce air resistance compared to wider tires. However, they have to be ridden with higher air pressure, which tends to reduce comfort. For this reason, our CC50 Disc Basic, for example, is optimized for maximum aerodynamics with 28-30 mm tires in order to still offer plenty of comfort.

Agility and lightness - responsiveness in every corner

Agility is a decisive factor, especially in technically demanding races with lots of corners, climbs and descents. It's all about how quickly and precisely the wheel reacts to changes in direction. The following aspects are optimized in our most agile and lightest wheels, such as the CC35 Disc EVO WASO or the CC25 Allroad EVO WSTO:

Rim height: Medium rim heights (around 25-50mm) improve handling and reduce wheel inertia, resulting in faster acceleration and a more agile ride.

Weight: Lighter wheels react more quickly to acceleration and are easier to maneuver.

Spoke tension and arrangement: A higher spoke tension can increase the stiffness of the wheel, resulting in better power transmission and a more direct ride feel. The arrangement of the spokes, such as in crossed or radial patterns, also influences responsiveness.

All-round capability - the reliable companion in changing racing situations

All-round wheels are designed to offer optimum performance in various racing situations. They are a blend of aerodynamic and agile characteristics and are often the choice for riders looking for a wheel for different conditions and race formats. When optimizing all-round wheels, such as the CC38 Disc BASIC or the CH40 Allroad BASIC, attention is paid to a balanced combination of the following factors:

Rim profile: A medium to high rim height (e.g. 40-60mm) offers a good compromise between aerodynamics and weight, which is suitable for a wide range of conditions.

Tire selection: For all-round wheels, a tire width of 25-32mm is common, which offers a good compromise between rolling resistance, grip and comfort. Tubeless tires can help to further reduce rolling resistance and improve puncture protection, especially with tire widths of 28 mm and above.

Overall, it is clear that the tuning and optimization of performance wheels is a complex undertaking that requires careful consideration of various factors. Whether maximum aerodynamics, outstanding agility or versatile all-round capability - the selection and adaptation of the wheel system depends heavily on the individual needs and area of use of the cyclist.

This was the last part of the "LEEZE wheel 1x1" series. We hope that you now have a better understanding of which wheels are the right choice for different purposes. Do you have any further questions about our wheels or would you like to know which wheel is right for you? Then contact our service team at any time by phone, WhatsApp or contact form. We look forward to your questions!