Paris - Nice time trial.

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Paris - Nice time trial.

Postby Johndec » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:46 pm

Hi. Just watching a reply of the last stage of Paris-Nice, the 10k time trial. Do I need new glasses or is Wiggins riding a bike (Di2) with non circular crank rings? They appears to have a slight oval shape to them to correspond to his pedal downstroke.
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Postby RonK » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:56 pm

Johndec wrote:Hi. Just watching a reply of the last stage of Paris-Nice, the 10k time trial. Do I need new glasses or is Wiggins riding a bike (Di2) with non circular crank rings? They appears to have a slight oval shape to them to correspond to his pedal downstroke.

Probably - they are in common use on TT bikes and some riders even use them on their road bikes.
They were introduced by Shimano about 20 years ago. I had a bike fitted with their Biopace chainrings.
They are claimed to help pedal through the dead spot at the top of the pedal stroke.


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Postby toolonglegs » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:59 pm

Yes oval chain rings, but very different orientation to the ones of 20 years ago

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Postby Johndec » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:03 pm

Thanks Ron. Just did a bit of googling and it appears they have been around for about 20 years. Never noticed them before and it appears Wiggins is a big fan of them. He might be onto something. He won the TT :shock:
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Postby JV911 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:04 am

wiggo uses O.symetric chainrings
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Postby population100 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:05 am

They can (apparently) hamper shifting. I believe Wiggins dropped out of the 2009 world TT championships due to mechanical problems shifting from large to small chain rings.

He seems to have fixed that now though.

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Postby toolonglegs » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:06 pm

High point of the oval on old Biopace is in line with the crank arm... these days they run it a 90 degree angle.
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Postby JV911 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:32 pm

toolonglegs wrote:these days they run it a 90 degree angle


yep and adjustable in the case of Rotor

mine shifts prety well but maybe not as crisp as a traditional chainring (given the distance between the derailleur and the chainring is not constant)
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Postby toolonglegs » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:13 pm

JV911 wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:these days they run it a 90 degree angle


yep and adjustable in the case of Rotor

mine shifts prety well but maybe not as crisp as a traditional chainring (given the distance between the derailleur and the chainring is not constant)


Not 90 degree adjustable though... unless you want to put them on the wrong bolt holes :P .

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