Today Bontrager debuted an entirely redesigned range of Aeolus aero wheels featuring the new D3 rim shape, allowing for lighter, better handling wheels with less aerodynamic drag than wheels with deeper rim profiles; refuting the notion that a deeper rim profile is inherently more aerodynamic. While most aero wheels reduce drag at the front of the wheel, the exclusive D3 (Dual Directional Design) rim profile reduces drag at both the front, tire-leading side and the rear, rim-leading side. The D3 shape not only allows for increased speed but also increases rider control in a crosswind.
The new Aeolus D3 wheels feature OCLV carbon rims handcrafted in the US and are available in four tubular depths (35mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 90mm) and one clincher model (50mm). The Aeolus D3 clincher will be made available in more depths in the near future. The entire Aeolus D3 line has been in the employ of the world class riders of LEOPARD TREK, Team RadioShack, and Trek/K•Swiss since the beginning of the 2011 season.
“We’ve spent massive research and development time from on-the-road testing with our athletes to the wind tunnel and the conclusion we came to is that shape is just as important to the aerodynamic equation as depth is,” said Bontrager Wheel Product Manager Darren Snyder. “What the new D3 shape allows us to do is deliver better aerodynamic performance at shallower depths than competitors, resulting in reduced weight and improved handling.”
All Bontrager Aeolus D3, Aura, and Race XXX Lite wheels are available in nine decal colors to match any rider’s paint scheme and look especially great when paired with frames painted through Trek’s Project One custom bike program. The 2012 Aeolus D3 tubular and clincher wheels will be available in early 2012.