Why should I consider custom-built wheels?
- Why should I consider custom-built wheels?
- Which pros use ADA wheels?
- Will these wheels make me faster?
- How durable are ADA wheels? What if a spoke breaks or the wheel needs to be trued?
- Do the durability and stiffness of ADA wheels result in a harsh ride?
- What are the aerodynamic properties of ADA wheels?
- Can I service the hubs myself?
- Can I use my current drivetrain?
- Can I specify tubular or clincher rims?
- What other options are available?
- What are the differences between kevlar and carbon braking surfaces?
- Do I need special brake pads?
- Can I mount a cyclo-computer magnet on the wheel?
- How long will it take before I get my wheels?
- How can I get more information about ADA wheels?
The list of pro riders who have used ADA products and services reads like a Who's Who of professional cycling and includes several World Champions, an Olympic Gold Medalist, a cyclo-cross Super Prestige winner, and a Tour de France winner. Please refer to the Cyclists page for a complete roster.
However, even the best equipment in the world does not take the place of a burning desire to overcome all obstacles to fulfilling your dream. If you really want to find your limits, if you really want to see just what you're capable of achieving, then ADA wheels can help you reach your goals.
ADA wheels are exceptionally durable. If your wheels are used in the conditions for which they were built, it is highly unlikely that they will ever need any repair work. Their exceptional durability has been proven time and time again in the most severe professional racing environment.Do the durability and stiffness of ADA wheels result in a harsh ride?
We must all recognize, however, that ADA wheels are built for speed, and that accidents do occur in racing situations. If your wheel breaks in a crash and it is unrepairable, we will build a new wheel for you at half of the original price. In the unlikely event that a spoke breaks or the wheel goes out of true, it must be returned to us for repair.
This question is based a common misunderstanding of the role of wheels in contributing to ride quality. To dampen road shock, a wheel would have to flex in the vertical plane, and no wheel does this. Choice of tire and tire pressure will have a far greater impact on the perceived "harshness" or "comfort" of your wheels.What are the aerodynamic properties of ADA wheels?
However, ADA wheels' lateral stiffness compared to traditional wheels is of real benefit to you. This lack of flex results in an extremely stable and precise-handling wheel that will bring you a new level of psychological "comfort" on high-speed, technical descents.
In tests with elite cyclists, ADA wheels were found to provide significant advantages in both aerodynamics and inertia. Granted, disk-type wheels still provide, under ideal conditions, the best aerodynamics. Compared to ADA wheels, disk wheels provide at best 5 watts more power at 50 kph; but, this small increase in power comes at the cost of high rotational inertia (heavy mass) and control problems.Why don't you publish comparative data with other wheels?
ADA wheels are designed to achieve an ideal balance between low weight (100s of grams less than so-called ultra light climbing wheels), high strength, excellent aerodynamics, and complete control in all kinds of riding conditions.
We don't publish comparative data because there is no standard way of testing; therefore, reported results of aerodynamic testing should be taken with a grain of salt. Instead of making a one-dimensional wheel whose impressive wind-tunnel data might look great on paper, we at ADA concentrate on making balanced wheels whose performance is impressive on the road, in real-world conditions.Can I service the hubs myself?
For years we have been collecting performance data on our wheels in racing conditions by means of SRM cranks. However, we don't collect these data simply to "market" our wheels; instead, we have used this data to improve the design of our wheels.
· Titanium/aluminum wheel skewers.
· Carbon or kevlar braking surfaces.
A carbon braking surface results in extremely efficient braking performance that may even be "too good" unless you have a light touch on the brake levers. Carbon surfaces don't dissipate heat as well as kevlar, and are not as easy to keep clean.
If absolute stopping power is your top priority, then you should consider a carbon braking surface. On the other hand, if you prefer an all-around wheel that works well in all conditions, then we recommend that you choose a kevlar braking surface.
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