New for 2013, Reynolds Cycling introduces its groundbreaking AERO Wheel Line. AERO is built utilizing DET™ Dispersive Effect Termination aerodynamic technology and redefines the genre of competitive race wheels.
The DET™ V-shaped rim design smoothes turbulent, energized airflow and re-attaches it to the aerody-namic surface, effectively reducing aerodynamic drag.
Developed using CFD and validated in the A2 Wind Tunnel, Reynolds AERO wheels remain in the sweet spot 32% longer than the competition. The sweet spot is the area requiring less effort/watts. AERO wheels with DET™ require less watts to move forward delivering an aerodynamic advantage. DET™ paired with AERO’s wider 26.2 mm rim bed results in a wheel that has an incredibly stable ride that steers with ease, is more predictable in crosswinds, has increased lateral stiffness, and a ride quality that will encourage speed.
- DET™ SHAPE - Requires less watts/energy
- AERODYNAMIC ADVANTAGE
- IMPROVED HANDLING / BETTER STEERING
- CR6 CARBON - HYBRID WHEEL SYSTEM
- WIDER RIM (26.2MM)
- BETTER RIDE QUALITY
- INCREASED LATERAL STIFFNESS
All three wheels in the AERO family share the following technology
In the words of Michael Corleone: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Easily done in cycling; the wind is both a friend and an enemy. When wind pushes from the back, the cyclist moves forward with less effort. When wind creates resistance, the cyclist needs more watts to move forward. Even the flow of air over one’s own wheels creates energy-sapping wind turbulence. So the Reynolds Composite Studio asked, “Since wind is inseparable from life on the bike, why not make friends with it?”
Enter DET™, or Dispersive Effect Termination™, the key design principle of Reynolds’ groundbreaking Aero Wheel Line. These wheels have distinctively wider rims, measuring 26.2mm, which taper to a V-shaped profile. The result? Friendship. DET smoothes air flow over the wheel, reducing aerodynamic drag and creating forward thrust. Yes, we said, “creating forward thrust”.
If the Reynolds Composite Studio hadn’t seen it demonstrated through complex Computational Fluid Dynamics trials, and witnessed it last spring in the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina, we might be arranging for the group to have a little R&R. But the results are irrefutable.
This chart demonstrates that Aero Wheels with DET™ require fewer watts to move forward, as shown by the data gathered during wind tunnel testing at 30.75mph. The curved data lines show the watts that were measured at varying yaw angles.
Carbon Rim 6: Carbon Fiber + Resin + Compaction = Carbon Rims.
CR6 stands for Carbon Rim 6. It is a proprietary engineering solution for durability, strength and stiffness in Reynolds Cycling’s new AERO Wheelsets. CR6 is based on unique lay-ups of carbon fiber for each of 6 critical areas of the rim: the side wall, spoke face, nipple bed, tire channel, rim hook bead, and brake track CR6 is a proprietary hybrid carbon layup (HML) combined with variable resin chemistry (VRC) and inert gas compaction (IGC).
CR6 incorporates the following Reynolds technologies:
When presented this way, it almost looks easy. But at Reynolds, it’s always very complicated. The way we see it, there’s an infinite combination of fiber lay-ups, resins, and compaction methods. Through our years of experience we optimize the best formula for each region of the rim to improve strength and performance.