私たちは、マーケティングの大げさな謳い文句には興味がありません。本当に、エアロはすべてだからです。これは、私たちの作るすべてのデザインに取り入れられた特性であり、世界最速の製品ために新基準を打ち立て続ける理由です。

Innovation

Aero is Everything

空気抵抗とは結局のところ、サイクリストに影響を与える唯一最大の力です。これを完全になくすには走行を止めるしかなく、軽減させることが重要です。だからこそ、空力専門家の集団を結成し、彼らの目的達成に必要なツールを揃えるのに出費を惜しみませんでした。そのツールとは、コンピュータによる流体力学(CFD)やバイクに乗った状態でのデータ収集(DAQ)。そしてもちろん、彼ら専用のウィントンネル(風導施設)を、カリフォルニア州モーガンヒル本社の道向こうに設立しました。これらを踏まえ、そして業界で最も革新的な集団が自由にこれらツールを利用できることから、エアロの革新がものすごい速さで生まれ、より短時間であなたを今まで以上に速くさせることができたのです。

クリス・ユー、マーク・コーテ、クリス・ダルージオ、キャメロン・パイパー、そしてチャック・ティシェイラ。彼ら率いるこのエアロ専門チームは、全員合わせて50年もの長さのエアロ開発経験を持ち、ウィントンネルで2万時間以上も過ごしてきました。彼らの専門知識や存在は類いまれなものであるだけでなく、科学を新たな方法で進展させるのに重要です。結局、飛行機で移動するのではなく、道向こうに渡るだけの近さで風洞実験ができてしまえば、通勤用のフェンダーやダウンヒルの世界チャンピオンをより速く走らせることができます。これは究極の自由であり、ここからサイクリング業界には知られていなかったイノベーションと言う文化が育まれてきました。つまりこの集団は、スペシャライズドのバイクの挙動を安定させるためにサンディエゴまで行き、丸一日掛けてヨー角のテストをする代わりに、自由に空論家となり、寝た子を起こすかのように未挑戦のデザインに取り掛かれるのです。

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The Win Tunnel

Of course, the lynchpin to our whole aero operation is our very own Win Tunnel. Designed and built to our own exacting standards, it's the world's finest cycling-specific wind tunnel. We optimized it for real bike speeds, and it's large enough to allow us to test multiple riders at once, simulating group situations, like the peloton or a team time trial. Its proximity to the team enables us to conveniently test things without concern to cost or time, so we have the freedom to test everything that we make—from a commuting helmet, to clothing, and everything in between. And since it's also used as an educational facility, there’s room for our fitters and retailers to observe and learn from testing, which directly impacts product development and your experience in the local bike shop.

The FreeFoil Shape Library

Surprisingly, our quest for perfect tube shapes don't always start in the Win Tunnel. With the latest Venge, we started with a new piece of technology that we call the FreeFoil Shape Library. Our engineers wrote an optimization algorithm and utilized a supercomputer (yes, we used an actual supercomputer) to help create new airfoil shapes with different weights, surface areas, and structural targets. Armed with this library of shapes, all with different aspect ratios, we were able to plug them into the different parts of the bike and test a variety of configurations to determine the fastest setup in the Win Tunnel. And moving forward, this methodology is being applied to nearly all of our bikes and components. So, with a little help from some Silicon Valley supercomputing, we're discovering the new shapes of speed.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

We're not alone in our usage of CFD, which allows aerodynamicists, like Chris Yu, to play in a virtual space with a range of shapes and surfaces. With it, he can easily simulate the flow of various fluids across shapes of his choosing to test their aerodynamic performance. CFD allows us to see, via simulation, things you can’t see in the real world, like tiny "bits" of drag on a frame. It’s an extremely handy way of predicting aero behaviors. Where our usage diverges from the norm, however, is that we're able to discard designs that are total duds before developing prototypes for testing in our Win Tunnel. Of course, we're in a unique position, in that, we're able to design and test in CFD in the morning, 3D-print a prototype in the afternoon, and test in the Win Tunnel before the day is done.

Data Acquisition (DAQ)

Then there's our own DAQ system. Used on both the road and the velodrome, DAQ takes data from power, speed, rider position, and the direction of wind, and it measures the true coefficient of aerodynamic drag on the rider. Information gleaned from this testing enables us to advise our Body Geometry Fit team, racing staff, and the athletes themselves on changes to their position that'll improve performance. And while the Win Tunnel can certainly be more precise, there's nothing quite like combining what we learn there with real-world riding.