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Wind Tunnel Tested: Five Aero Wheelsets

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jan 30, 2013
  • Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM UTC
Photo: Scott Draper


Mad Fiber Clincher Road
$2,900, Madfiber.com

Roll it: For unadulterated fun

Keep looking: If you want the smoothest ride

Braking: Stopping performance falls in the middle of the wheels tested. Riders found modulation to be good (for a carbon wheel), but the Mad Fibers fall behind a bit when trying to burn speed off quickly to descend as fast as possible.

Cornering and acceleration: Start rocking the bike back and forth on a steep climb or short sprint, and the Mad Fiber wheelset comes to life. “The wheels never bend no matter how hard they’re pushed,” said a tester. “Super stiff” is how another described the ride feel. Every tester agreed these wheels are a thrill to ride thanks to their ability to accelerate instantaneously, and their impressively slim weight helped contribute to the responsive feeling.

Road feel: As the only wheels in this review with a narrow brake track, Mad Fiber’s clinchers have a ride smoothness hurdle to overcome. The wheels are not as buttery as the Bontrager, but we did a bonus back-to-back ride test comparing them to typical spoked clincher training wheels and found the Mad Fibers to be noticeably smoother. Testers felt a little less stable riding these wheels in the wind than the others, especially when gusts were irregular.

Overall: Struggled over shallower yaw angles in the tunnel, but excelled at wide angles. Thrilling acceleration.

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FILED UNDER: Bike / Gear & Tech / Hi Tech Upgrades / InsideTri

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

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

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