Reynolds RZR 46 Team Wheelset - $4,500.00

For a line of only three products, the Reynolds RZR series is incredibly dedicated and diverse. Essentially, the RZR 92 focuses on deep aerodynamics for races against the clock, while the RZR 46 is a non-UCI approved, sub-1000 gram lightweight terror, leaving the RZR 46 Team Wheelset to the world's top competitive cyclists. And when we say 'top,' we mean top. After all, we understand that the RZR 46 Team is a bit, well, cost-prohibitive to most. However, for the discerning racer who values harrowing speeds and the pinnacle of efficiency, the RZR 46 Team stands without rival. Now, we're going to be forward -- the complexity of the RZR design is deep, but we'll walk through it together. To start, we need to understand the prevalent ideology in aerodynamic wheel design, and to do so, we need to understand drag. What is it' Simply put, it's the restraining force that acts on the wheel when its direction of motion is counter to the free stream of airflow. Now, airflow near the surface of a wheel is turbulent by nature, and when it comes close to the rim surface, it becomes a turbulent boundary layer. This is the start of two kinds of drag, skin friction and pressure drag. Currently, wheel makers are attempting to harness the turbulent layer, reattaching it at the rear section of the rim. The reasoning behind this is that the system reduces pressure drag, but in return, the wheel sees gains in skin friction. However, this is viewed as a positive trade off, as skin friction has around a ten-fold lower drag value than pressure drag. To maximize this turbulent system, we've been seeing builders create a constant, rounded edge at the spoke face. For those attempting it, it's been viewed as a leap forward in design. However, Reynolds finds it to be counterintuitive. We'll explain. You see, the science of aerodynamics has developed almost as a case of supply and demand. - $4,500.00