CANA­DIAN WHEELSETS

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

EN­ERGY LAB VC60 AND BLADE 2G 79

When it comes to get­ting the ul­ti­mate in per­for­mance on the bike, you start with your po­si­tion. A com­fort­able, aero tuck will make the most dif­fer­ence for your time. Af­ter that the equip­ment that will make the most dif­fer­ence in terms of aero­dy­nam­ics are your wheels. We have a look at two stel­lar Cana­dian-made op­tions that are sure to im­prove your times.

En­er­gy­lab VC60

$1,499

A fan­tas­tic all-around wheel, the VC60S are 59 mm deep and of­fer out­stand­ing aero­dy­nam­ics thanks to that depth and a spe­cially de­signed wide rim track. Ex­ten­sive aero­dy­namic test­ing al­lowed En­er­gy­lab to come up with a rim de­sign that op­ti­mized aero­dy­namic per­for­mance while also en­sur­ing that cross­winds won’t af­fect the wheels too much. Car­bon through­out (in other words, no metal brake track), in ad­di­tion to the aero ad­van­tages, the wider rim also makes it a bit eas­ier to get tires on and off.

Weigh­ing in at 1,750 g for the set, the VC60S are a bit heav­ier than some other high-end aero wheelsets (Zipp’s 404, for ex­am­ple), but are cer­tainly in the same ball­park and cost con­sid­er­ably less. The bladed aero spokes are both durable and en­hance the wind-cheat­ing qual­i­ties of the wheels.

En­er­gy­lab uses their own Force De­sign hubs in th­ese wheels, which are ex­tremely quiet and smooth. The end re­sult is an ex­tremely durable, fast and re­li­able wheelset. (Last year, Olympian An­drew Yorke put the dura­bil­ity of the wheels to the test when he crashed in Rio. The wheels were fine, but he did end up blow­ing a tire.)

En­er­gy­lab also makes a deeper wheelset, the VC90, but if you’re look­ing for a wheel that you can both train and race on, the VC60S are an out­stand­ing op­tion. You can or­der a set with a deeper VC90 on the back and the VC60 on the front, which is a great op­tion, too. (The front wheel is much more sus­cep­ti­ble to winds, whereas the rear wheel is less likely to get buf­feted around as much.)

This ver­sa­tile wheelset works well for every­thing from draft-le­gal sprint events to blast­ing down the Queen K at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship.—km

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