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There are very few 3-spoke monocoque wheels available, due to the intense knowledge required to produce them.
So what makes the Xlab 3 spoke wheels better than others (Read on)
When you are riding, the top of the wheel is revolving forward into the wind and the bottom of the wheel is revolving towards the rear of the bike and has the wind helping to drive it.
When a bike at 25mph goes into a 10mph headwind, the top of the wheel is seeing 35mph. If the blades are straight when the top blade is vertical, it suddenly has the drag of a 35mph wind. If the blade is canted (swept) backwards as on an Xlab 3 spoke, firstly the part of the blade nearest the hub sees the wind, then the midspan of the blade and finally the end of the blade near the rim. This prevents 3 pulses of drag load on the bike every wheel revolution and instead makes the drag load on the bike more consistent.
This is a great wheel in pairs, or on the rear in any time-trial, triathlon or in Kona.
Note: Lightweight riders in windy conditions should not use any 3 or 4 spoke wheel on the front, as the side area of the wheel can cause them to be blown off course.
The hubs Xlab uses have several very important features not found in others.
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