Fast On A Budget

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published May 24, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Jesse Thomas rode with a cover at Wildflower. Photo: Aaron Hersh

Mock Disc

Disc wheels are the undisputed champs of aerodynamic performance, but they can be cost-prohibitive. Disc covers (sold at, however, cost less than some tires. Two sheets of plastic sandwiched around the rear wheel give it the same shape and aerodynamic performance of a disc. The sheets can rattle slightly and make your wheel look portly, but you now have a very fast wheel without blowing your race budget.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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