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Stanley and Brach in the Texas A&M Windtunnel

with John Cobb and Mark Miller

FROM MAVIC:
As you know, aerodynamic properties of wheels vary significantly depending on the frames in which the wheels are being used. Engineers from Mavic and Cervélo met to explore wind tunnel test protocols in which wheels and frames are tested together as a unit. In doing so, they hope to create new bike + rider + wheel solutions to optimize airflow around the complete system. It turns out that a combo of the right wheels in the right frame is faster than the sum of the separate parts.

FROM MAVIC:
As you know, aerodynamic properties of wheels vary significantly depending on the frames in which the wheels are being used. Engineers from Mavic and Cervélo met to explore wind tunnel test protocols in which wheels and frames are tested together as a unit. In doing so, they hope to create new bike + rider + wheel solutions to optimize airflow around the complete system. It turns out that a combo of the right wheels in the right frame is faster than the sum of the separate parts.


Mark active in the windtunnel with John Cobb.
First pic Mark’s Pinarello, second pic Texas A&M student with John Cobb.


Mark active in the windtunnel with John Cobb.
First pic Mark’s Pinarello, second pic Texas A&M student with John Cobb.

by Mark Deterline

There’s no shame in wanting to go to a wind tunnel, and no need to defend your reasons why. Whether you’re looking to close this chapter of your life forever, or open a new one that may not ever end, you’ll never know unless you go.

John Cobb is a well known, self-made aerodynamics and biomechanics guru who has worked with Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong. Last fall, he invited me, the co-manager of my cycling team – NorCal district road race champ, Susannah Breen – to undergo a wind tunnel testing at Texas A&M.

Cobb’s a straight shooter from Texas, but speaks with a Louisiana drawl. A good ‘ol boy from Shreveport now based in Tyler, he’s made a career out of challenging convention through endless biomechanics and “tunnel” testing.

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This past week good friend and client Sean Schnur made his way to the tunnel with John Cobb to redefine his bike position. Last year Sean qualified for Kona in only his second Ironman, while in Hawaii he finished in the top 100. John Cobb worked on his position and found him some extra speed by dropping his drag numbers. Now he can settle in with the new position, good luck Sean.