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 9 Track
Our Stinger 9 Track is an “Aero Monster”. This is the wheel to choose when chasing that elusive PB, when competing in a national championship or when trying rule a grudge match. The huge 90mm deep, aero sculpted rim provides speed in abundance for solo efforts but is also super stiff, suitable for even the hardest of sprints thanks to the full carbon construction. For the fastest performance in Scratch, Madison, 6-days, Sprints… All are covered by the Stinger 9 Track.
Super aerodynamic, full carbon rim
The Stinger 9’s world leading aerodynamic performance centers on its huge, 90mm deep, rim profile. This rim, full carbon in construction, is tuned, tweaked and moulded to afford a potent blend of aerodynamic performance and nimble handling. Our “Stability Control Technology” is heavily infused in to its design. This design thesis enables us to tune the cross sectional rim profile to maximise aerodynamic performance while normalising sudden direction changes. This rim profile is also increased to a width of 28mm to smooth the tyre-to-rim junction. This further reduces drag while also increasing tyre sidewall stability. More sidewall stability morphs the tyre-to-track “footptint” in to a shorter but wider impression to reduce rolling resistance in dramatic fashion.
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.