Long known for aerobars and aero drinking systems, Profile Design has decided to get into the aero wheel market as well. Using a mix of C.F.D. (computer fluid dynamics), feedback from athletes, wind tunnel data and even average wind speed and direction from Ironman courses around the world, they have come up with their own proprietary design and carbon layup. With two models, the Altair and Armada, Profile has a full line of nine wheels to cover you from training to race day. Read on to find out more about these new wheels.
The race ready wheel, the Altair, uses a proprietary carbon fiber and will come in two depths, 52 and 80mm. It will be available in three rim types as well: tubular, full carbon (carbon clincher) and what Profile calls semi carbon (standard clincher).Â Each version comes as a 20/24 spoke count, uses Sapim bladed spokes and sealed cartridge bearings. Pricing for the Altair ranges from $1,799.99 to $2,199.99 depending on rim type and depth.
The Aramada is designed for training and is made of extruded 6061-T6 aluminum. It will be available inÂ 24, 30 and 38 mm depths as a standard clincher only.Â The Armada also uses sealed cartridge bearings and a 20/24 spoke configuration, but opts for standard double butted spokes for durability. The Armada range starts at $549.99 for the 24mm, $599.99 for the 30mm and tops out at $799.99 for the 38mm.
All the wheels are hand assembled, which Profile claims will increase quality control and tighten tolerances. The wheels will also come with a two year warranty. Availability is set for January 2011.