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July 8, 2016

Qualified for Kona? Get your Swiss Side Kona Aero Support Package!

 

 
We want to maximize your speed and real world performance in the biggest race of your life!

• Get free direct aero customer support and advice from Swiss Side aerodynamicist on how to best optimize your setup in the lead up to Kona.
• Get free ground support in Kona from our Swiss Side crew.
• Get a free double wheel bag for safe traveling.
• Join us for a pleasant BBQ in Kona with our partners Cube and Erdinger.
 
The requirement to get the Swiss Side Kona Aero Support Package is that you are an existing or new customer and using your Swiss Side aero wheels in Kona.
 
Order your Swiss Side HADRON aero wheels before the end of July and receive a free gear pack http://www.swissside.com/shop/
 
Get your Swiss Side Kona Support Package by sending an email to contact@swissside.com
 
 
 

July 3, 2016

FREE GEAR PACK WITH HADRON ORDERS IN JULY!


 
Get a FREE GEAR PACK worth over EUR 200 with every set of HADRON aero wheels ordered in July! The free gear pack includes the best possible equipment to maximize the speed of your wheels:
 

FREE set of Continental GP4000s II tyres in 23c or 25c sizes
– The best overall performing tyres in aerodynamics and rolling resistance for maximum speed, grip and puncture protection.
 
FREE set of Continental RACE 28 Tubes.
– Only the best quality inner tubes to go with your tyres!

 

FREE Swiss Side Titanium – Carbon Fibre Quick Release Skewers
– At only 43g for the pair, our ultra-light and super-slick titanium – carbon fibre quick release skewers are a great performance upgrade for your HADRONs.

 

FREE Swiss Side Tyre Repair Kit
– Swiss Side’s compact repair kit pouch mounts cleanly out of the way under your seat and has integral 3M reflective beading for safety! Inside you’ll find a spare inner tube, a self-adhesive puncture repair patch kit and 3 Super-B curved tyre levers perfectly suited for mounting tyres to the HADRON aero wheels.

 

Order a set of HADRON or HADRON Ultimate aero wheels (any pair of wheels) in July and we will add the FREE GEAR PACK to your order.

 
CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW!
 
 
 

May 24, 2016

Swiss Side Wind Tunnel Days – setup optimization by Swiss Side in the wind tunnel

 
A complete wind tunnel aero-optimisation, like that done for Swiss Side professional athletes such as Andy Raelert. This dream came true for Markus Ganser (44 from Stolberg, Germany) and Finn Borg (60 from Wädenswil, Switzerland). Markus and Finn treated themselves to a day in the wind tunnel with Swiss Side in Immenstaad, with the goal of making their bike setup more aerodynamic and therefore faster. Both of these age group athletes have competed several times at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and were interested in learning more about the benefits of aerodynamics in the cycling world. Their goal was clear, to benefit Swiss Side’s unique Formula 1 experience and methods to save them valuable minutes in their next races. During their wind tunnel, various riding positions were evaluated as well as different equipment such as aero wheels, hydration systems, race suits and helmets. At the end of the day, Swiss Side was able to make significant aerodynamic improvements on both riders, with drag reductions over 20 watts each. Finn is the new Swiss Side record holder for the total amount of power saved. With the new changes made to Finn’s setup, Swiss Side was able to reduce his drag by 30 watts, which translates to an improvement of 10 minutes in his long distance races.
We are excited to have been able to make significant improvements for each Markus and Finn to give them an additional competitive edge in their upcoming races.
 

Finn Borg’s riding position is been analyzed by Swiss Side Technical Director Jean-Paul Ballard

Finn Borg during one of the many tests in the wind tunnel

Markus Ganser with Swiss Side Technical Director Jean-Paul Ballard

Markus Ganser focused on his new improved performance position
 
We are excited to have been able to make significant improvements for each Markus and Finn to give them an additional competitive edge in their upcoming races.
 
Swiss Side opens a new chapter, now offering wind tunnel testing possibilities not only for our pro-athletes but also to normal age group athletes, in a continued commitment to demonstrate and deliver real world performance at all levels.
 
 
 

May 14, 2016

Swiss Side pro triathlete Julia Gajer wins 2016 Ironman North American Championship in Texas!

 
Julia Gajer (33) claimed victory at the 2016 Ironman North American Championship in Texas. With this win she automatically qualified for the 2016 World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. ”I had a great day“, Julia said. “After a solid swim and a strong performance on the bike, I was able to start the marathon in second place. Only 10k into the run I overtook the leader and was able to hold on to the lead until the finish line.” The newly crowned North American Champion can now set focus on an ideal preparation for Kona. Congratulations Julia!
 

 
 
 

May 3, 2016

Julia Gajer with Swiss Side in the Wind Tunnel

 
Swiss Side recently spent a day in the wind tunnel with newly signed pro-triathlete Julia Gajer. The entire team’s goal was clear – harvest watts! Once again, the aerodynamics team delivered, finding solid gains in reducing drag, to save Julia time and energy out on the bike.
A wide range of testing was done, including optimisation on the bike itself with evaluation of wheel setups, drinks & food storage, as well as extensive analysis of various position setups on the bike, in addition to race suits and helmets.
At the end of the day, Swiss Side’s engineers were able to confirm one of lowest ever drag levels they have ever measured in the wind tunnel.
 

 
 
 

April 29, 2016

Michael Raelert takes his turn in the wind tunnel with Swiss Side

 

 
Following Swiss Side’s huge successes in reducing aero drag and making significant time savings with older brother Andreas, it was Michael Raelert’s turn to step into the wind tunnel. Andreas and Michael now share the same aerodynamically optimised Cube Aerium time trial bike, developed by Swiss Side for the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, so it was time to work on Michaels complete setup to help him extract the maximum potential from his bike setup. The Swiss Side aerodynamicists were already very familiar with the interaction between rider and bike having completed extensive CFD work developing the frame. So it was a matter of confirming these trends with Michael and fine tuning his body position and equipment setup to find the optimum. Once again, significant time savings were achieved in particular with a modified body position, race suit and helmet.
 

 
Following the wind tunnel session, Michael was sent out on the road with Swiss Side’s unique instrumented bike, in order to collect real world aero data for correlation with his wind tunnel measurements and for use in performance simulation calculations.
 

 
The whole Swiss Side team wishes Michael the very best for his season ahead!
 
 
 

April 27, 2016

Swiss Pro Mathias Hecht in the Wind Tunnel with Swiss Side

 
Mathias Hecht has made some changes for his 2016 season, switching bikes from the Trek Speed Concept to the new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX. With this change, the Swiss Side aero team wanted to ensure that the new bike was better and that his setup was maximized for the absolute best possible performance. The entire team had to battle with very cold testing temperatures, between 2 – 6C, so the testing was divided into blocks: 1. Bike compare without rider; 2. Bike compare with rider (with warm clothes); 3. Rider position optimization (with warm clothes); 4. Final position and helmet optimization in race clothing.
 
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Despite the challenging conditions, significant gains were found. The Canyon bike confirmed to be an improvement of 3W over the Trek. With the rider themselves contributing around 75% of the total drag on the bike, as expected, position optimization delivered the biggest performance gains. Improvements of just over 20W were achieved. On Mathias, the Louis Garneau P-09 aero helmet was 4W better than the Bontrager Aeolus helmet. However it is important to note that from our wind tunnel testing experience, the helmet performance is often dependent on the rider’s body shape and position. And for those who are interested, the difference between Mathias’ race suit and his warm clothing was 21W!
 
Mathias’ main season goal for 2016 is to challenge for the win at Ironman Switzerland on 24th July.
 
 
 

April 19, 2016

ANDREAS RAELERT SECURES FIRST PODIUM OF THE SEASON IN CANNES

 
Andreas Raelert kicked off his season with a solid podium on a tough course at the Cannes International Triathlon last Sunday. Andy was riding the new HADRON Ultimate 800+ aero wheels and the Swiss Side co-developed Cube Kona bike.
 
Andy was able to confirm his good training preparation in Cannes, placing third place behind the strong Frenchman Etienne Diemunsch and defending champion Giulio Molinari from Italy. Andy had a total time of 3:31:52 hours after the 2km swim course, a very challenging 80km bike course with the concluding 16km run. He crossed the finish line after a thrilling race just behind Etienne Diemunsch, who won the race in 3:30:08 hours, and Molinari, 3:30:37 hours.
 
«My first race of the year has been a very demanding competition», said Andreas Raelert after his finish. «I am very satisfied with this first real hard test under race conditions.»
 

 
Andreas Raelert competing with the new HADRON Ultimate 800+ wheel set on the Swiss Side co-developed Cube Kona bike.
 
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He crossed the finish line after a thrilling race just behind Etienne Diemunsch, who won the race in 3:30:08 hours, and Molinari, 3:30:37 hours.
 
 
 
 

SWISS SIDE AERODYNAMICS WORKSHOPS

 
Swiss Side Technical Director Jean-Paul Ballard recently gave an aerodynamics workshop to triathletes from Tempo Sport, our retail partner in Zürich, Switzerland. Did you know that slower, hobby athletes benefit even more from aerodynamics than professional athletes, despite having slower speeds?
 
In this workshop, Jean-Paul explains the details behind Swiss Side’s Formula 1 derived aerodynamic development methods and the secrets behind improving your aerodynamic setup for increasing speed and reducing your time on the bike!
 
“The proof is in the pudding!” says Jean-Paul, “The 10 minute time saving we achieved through optimising Andreas Raelert’s aerodynamic setup for the Kona Ironman World Championships in 2015 is that proof.” The aerodynamic optimisation steps behind Andy’s 2015 Kona package are revealed in the presentation.
 
Interested? Contact us to arrange for us to present this unique aerodynamics workshop at your cycling club, triathlon club or your local retailer! contact@swissside.com
 

Jean-Paul Ballard presenting the aerodynamics workshop at Tempo Sport.
 
 
 
 

SWISS SIDE HADRON ULTIMATE IN EXTENSIVE BRAKE DYNO TESTING.

 
Following comprehensive prototype wheel testing both in test rigs as well as out on the road, the final production specification HADRON Ultimate full carbon wheels were pushed to their limits during recent brake dyno testing. The results did not disappoint!
 

 
The brake testing dyno.
 

 
The HADRON Ultimate 485 in wet testing simulations.
 

There were two primary targets for the brake dyno testing:
1. To test the braking performance of the rims and their special high-temperature, high heat rejection carbon laminate used on the HADRON Ultimate braking surface. Tests were done in both dry and wet simulated conditions.
2. To perform extreme braking tests to ensure the resistance and stability of the carbon laminate well beyond the normal operating window, under the more than double the normal maximum braking loads ever seen on a wheel.
 

1. Brake performance testing

The brake performance of the rims proved excellent and comparable with the best carbon rims on the market. ISO standard testing was completed in both dry and wet conditions. This involved repeated braking events at increasing braking loads to evaluate the rim performance with building heat as load increases.
 
In dry conditions the wheels showed excellent performance without fading in the normal braking load range. Fading only appeared under extreme braking loads, above 90N force on the brake lever, which is above the loads a normal rider applies (typically maximum 70N). The braking performance showed to be superior to aluminium rims by approximately 14% in terms of maximum braking power.
 
In wet conditions the wheels performed well for carbon rims, again without any drop-off in braking performance in the normal braking load range, with brake lever force up to 70N. Note that in wet conditions, riders tend to use significantly lower force on the lever than this. Comparing with aluminium rims, the braking power in the wet for the same brake lever force is reduced by approximately 30% (compared to the dry). This is typical of all carbon rims regardless of the brand. Important to note nonetheless is that there is still sufficient braking power to provide maximum useable braking and to lock the wheels. The lower effective braking power (for the same brake lever force) in wet conditions is the braking compromise of carbon rims to aluminium rims.
 

Typical brake performance result graph.
 

2. Extreme brake testing

Extreme brake testing simulations were performed which represented more than double the braking load a wheel would even see in an extreme braking event with a heavier (100kg) rider. The target in this test is to pass three sequences of the extreme simulation without visible or measurable degradation on the rim. Not only did the rims pass three sequences, testing was continued and after five sequences, still no damage was observed and the testing was concluded. Big success!
 

 
Summary:

The overall the braking performance and safety of the HADRON Ultimate wheels proved to be at the absolute highest level. The correlation to road testing and subjective rider feedback has been excellent. With this final step, the HADRON Ultimate production specification wheels have passed the final certification step.
 
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HADRON Ultimate 625 road testing prototypes in test in the Swiss alps.
 


 
Andreas Raelert riding the HADRON Ultimate 800+ production wheels to the podium in the Cannes International Triathlon, 17.04.2016
 

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