Hi all, good dayi would like to share my experience with the epic 7.10
I had a bike before that is not really fit on me and I have this miche race 707 alloy rims that I love. I am more of sealed bearings than loose bearings. So the wheels that came with my new purchase of specialized shiv (February last year) goes to my old bike that I sold to a friend.
So, from my old alloy wheels that I used for almost 2 years to a carbon wheels I know exactly the huge difference between the two different type of wheels.
I do triathlons. Deciding to what depth of the rim should I get was really a hard one. After doing research and reading reviews, I decided to go with the TW epic 7.10
The doubt was that I know having a more deeper rim on the front is more risk of having “uncontrollable” cockpit. I was considering my weight because on aero position, more of my weight is on the front as I am sitting almost on the end of my saddle. I weight around 115-120 lbs. and I was thinking that it isn’t enough to battle the crosswind having a deeper rim on front. I was considering getting the 50 for the front.
So I made the final decision and purchase the 7.10 for a very single reason. — this wheelset is for someone who does triathlons and that the front wheel is designed for crosswind.
Here is my experience.
I rode my bike first for 10 miles on flat and on the windy weather. 24 knots on that day. I got the wheels monday and tried it Saturday.
Man! I know I can still go fast but I was still on the process of knowing my wheels so I took it easy. The wheels spins smooth and the feeling of “having a wheel” is there! If you know what I mean.
I felt I stantly the edge of having a deep carbon wheels compare to having a alloy rim wheels on head wind. On yaw angles, it was an ease.
Less effort, less energy pedalling just to get forward on headwind.
So I took the bike again the next day for our last training sessions. We did the half of the distance of the half iron. 28 miles for the ride.
I have a friend that has a cervelo p2 that he bought brand new that comes with a alloy rim wheels. He said if I will be more faster than my previous rides, he might consider buying a carbon wheels also.
It was again a windy weather 27-28 knots.
On strong cross wind, I can feel the effect o. The wheel but I am still able to control the bike. It was scary at first but I felt excitement after.
The front wheel really can adapt to crosswinds.
Just be aware and do not be too confident, make sure if you have a deeper rim on front and cycling on crazy crosswind, make sure hold your aero bars firmly. I almost crash when the wind bangs me on the side while holding my bars lightly. But, the wheel is really good. With almost being crashed, I was able to control it. This made me smile knowing that TW claim is true.
To cut the story short, yeah I left my friend behind amused and I was 5-6 mins faster than my previous rides on the same distance,same course, almost same weather condition and this happens with less effort. This coming Sunday is the half iron event and it will not be a regular training session. So the competitive mode will be there and it will be a more speedy ride, for sure.
I will let you know guys. Just wish me luck not to get flat wheels.