With many a track rider now choosing clincher tyres down to ultimate convenience there is still a distinct sector of velodrome traditionalists who see no reason to veer away from the supple ride, light weight and wide range of useable tyre pressures afforded by the faithful tubular tyre. We have to agree that there is something special about the heritage of tubs, the feel of satisfaction upon doing a great gluing job, the ability to fine tune the ride via a huge range of tyre pressures and indeed the spritely ride characteristics.
Our Stinger range of track wheels offers a multitude of rim depths, all based around our supremely aerodynamic, full carbon tubular rim allowing you to specify your wheelset depending on track event preference.
Introduction to the Stinger 5 Track
This is another in our fastidious collection of wheels that can lay claim to being a fantastic all round performer. The Stinger 5 realises it’s full potential in a multitude of track events as the 50mm deep, full carbon, aerodynamic rim offers speed in abundance, lightening acceleration and supreme responsiveness. From powering through a match sprint through to chasing the derny the Stinger 5 Track won’t let you down.
Lightweight, full carbon rim. Ultimate lateral stiffness
The Stinger 5 rim, optimised for use with tubular tyres, is tuned via our “Stability Control Technology” (SCT) allowing us to offer sublime aerodynamic performance. Despite a rim depth of only 50mm the Stinger 5, with its 28mm wide, bulbous rim profile, outperforms many of our competitor’s wheelsets, from an aerodynamic perspective, that have rim depths of up to 80mm. This rim profile also boasts a wider tyre bed. This wider bed “hugs” the tubular tyre offering more stability to the tyre sidewalls. This alters the tyre-to-track “footprint” morphing it in to a shorter but wider impression that, in turn, hugely reduces rolling resistance. This “hugging” of the tyre also cuts drag as the rim-to-tyre junction becomes seamless, devoid of creating any turbulent air.
The rims then spin around our own “Sonic” High Flange hub set which is specifically designed for track applications. This hub-set features ABEC 5 hi-grade stainless bearings to minimise friction to a minimum all the while offering a good level of longevity. Our “Sonic” high flange hubs come with 120mm spacing for compatibility with specialist track framesets. Of final note, our track hubs are then compatible with threaded track cogs of Shimano 1.29” x 24 specification.
Efficient track specific build
Stiffness and strength is integrated in to the wheelset with aero bladed spokes, hand laced and trued. Both front and rear wheels utilise 24 spokes built in a 2-cross pattern. This pattern, coupled with the high flanges on our “Sonic” track hubs ensures maximum wheel stiffness and efficiency even during all out track sprints under the most powerful riders.
The package is completed with our HED valve extenders.