A MODERN UNDERSTANDING OF ROAD CYCLING AERODYNAMICS
So, here's the scoop! Felt’s engineers have been diving deep into the world of road cycling aerodynamics, and guess what? They found out that road cyclists, unlike triathletes, spend most of their time riding in conditions of relatively low yaw angles. In other words, they face head-on wind resistance most of the time, instead of crosswinds.
This discovery has challenged some conventional thinking in the industry, but it's been validated by reputable frame manufacturers, including us at Felt, in recent product cycles. Armed with this newfound awareness, our engineers have been hard at work creating all sorts of virtual permutations of airfoil shapes and designs for our new bike projects.
But it's not just about making a bike sleek and fast. Our engineers also carefully evaluate the structural characteristics of each potential airfoil design and how it fits with the rest of the frame. They use fancy finite element analysis (FEA) software to project stiffness outputs and ensure that the bike not only cuts through the wind but also maximizes the power output of the rider.
It's a holistic process that aims to blend the art and science of aerodynamics with the performance of the rider. We want our bikes to be not only fast but also efficient in utilizing every single watt of power that a rider puts into the pedals. After all, when it comes to road cycling, every second and every watt counts.