Help Find The Fastest Wheel/Tire!

$1,480 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 28 months
Executive Summary :This campaign is raising funds to INDEPENDENTLY investigate the aerodynamics of the top triathlon tires, in terms of rolling resistance, on some of the top wheels in order to find the fastest tire/wheel combo for Ironman racing.

Why Are We Asking For Funding: Have you ever subscribed to Consumer Reports? Why? Hopefully you recognize the benefit of independent data without the influence manufacturers put on the both the testing and data. Any athlete that has signed a "Sponsorship Contract" knows there is always a line that says something like: "You will not say anything that negatively impacts our brand or specific products"

Location: The A2 Wind Tunnel, Moorseville NC on April 19th at 9am

We will be testing two fast rolling tires, the Vittoria Corsa Speed and the NEW Continental Supersonic on the following wheels: Enve 7 SES, Specialized Roval CLX 64, and HED JET+ 6. 

This is wheel only testing. We will do a single side sweep at 0, 5, 10, 15 degrees or possibly 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10. Minor changes to the protocol could occur but our goal remains to find the fastest combo between these tires and rims. Tires will be inflated to 85 PSI.

Testing will be conducted with the A2 tunnel operator, myself (Thomas Gerlach) and at least one Aero Camp leader being either Brian Stover and Heath Dotson who both have 7 years of testing under their belt.

Raw data as it comes from A2 will be published along with an easy readable summary that can be referenced and shared.

In the event campaign isn't fully funded: I will cover the remaining costs MYSELF but testing may be reduced to one wheel and two tires

In the event the campaign is over funded: We may add more tires to testing.

More details on the tires/wheels and the reason they are being selected can be found here:

Thank you for your support in independent testing! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!
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Some initial data to satisfy those that want data now. More to come:
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$1,480 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 28 months
Created April 14, 2017
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Jim Shepardson
10 months ago
Bill Lackey
14 months ago
Roman Vald
15 months ago

Thank you for the great work Thomas I'll be looking to see what's next. I just bought my Enve 7.8 and would love to know what runs fastest before my first TT on Thursday. FWIW I normally race short TT's with average speeds between 28-30.

Will Moore
25 months ago
Michael Chamberlin
27 months ago

Thanks for doing this.

Jens Heycke
27 months ago

I just noticed that you were quite a bit short of your goal. Keep up the good work!

27 months ago
27 months ago
Pierre-Yves Facomprez
28 months ago

Tom, Sorry I'm late to the party but congrats on making it happen. It's not much but hopefully you will reach the goal ! Best regards, Pierre

Miro Kramarich
28 months ago

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