What makes you aero is not always what you might think. Through our years of aero testing we've enlightened the industry on what's a priority aerodynamically, and what is not. Positioning, clothing, helmets, hydration and nutrition placement have all been advanced due in part to ERO Sports making aero test results public. Below we take a look at the keys to being aero.
ERO is world renown for helping athletes of all levels achieve aero positions that are both powerful and comfortable. It's what we love to do!
Hydration & Nutrition is not just about placement, it's also about how you use it. ERO Sports was the first to make the testing of bottles and storage systems public. We showed that the placement of these components could help, or hurt, your aerodynamics, and soon athletes everywhere were placing bottles behind their seat or in between their aero bars among other places. New storage and hydration products were developed with aerodynamics in mind. That was all ERO and our belief that this information belonged in the hands of everyone, not just the select few who could afford wind tunnel testing. What's still not understood in many parts; however, is there's more to the story.
Yes, where you place these pieces is important, but how you use them, is at least, if not more, important. For instance, it's true for most athletes that a bottle or two behind your saddle can improve aerodynamics, or at least not hurt your drag. On the other hand, if you're constantly contorting your body, or leaving your aero position to reach back and use those bottles, any aero gain you might have received is long gone. You've effectively increased your overall drag. Not only that, but if your hydration is difficult to access, you're less likely to use it, robbing you of essential nutrition during your event. Perhaps, then, a bottle on (gasp) the downtube of your bike is actually better placement? Yes, it likely increases your drag a bit, but reaching down to grab your bottle is a lot less drag than reaching behind you, at least for most people. Overall, over the course of your event, it's more aerodynamic. Make sense?
In the end, the only real way to know what's fastest for you is to test. Remove the doubt in your head, and know without question what's your fastest position, helmet, clothing, etc. ERO Sports is, of course, on the forefront of testing athletes. World and Olympic Champions, Pro Teams, National Federations, and age groupers from all over the world come to us for our expertise. Here's the thing, though...we don't believe everyone needs to aero test. Seriously, we can get you most of the way there with just the knowledge we've accrued over the years. Generally speaking, we've developed a pretty good aero eye. So, for us it's not about up-selling services. If we think you can benefit from aero testing, we'll happily do it for you. If we think the benefit doesn't match the cost, we'll tell you that, too. That's the ERO way. It's not about selling, it's about you.
Alphamantis Velodrome Testing - $699. ERO SPorts was the first to use the Track Aero System from Alphamantis. We've spent thousands of hours testing athletes in every discipline on the velodrome.
AeroLab Outdoor Aero Test - $599. Aero sticks are all the rage, but there's only one in the world that measures with yaw - AeroLab. ERO Sports is the exclusive North American provider of outdoor testing using this advanced system. Testing outdoors, the way you actually ride your bike. There is not better more accurate way to do it!
Don't forget our ERO Dynamic Fit & Aero Test Service! A bike fit and aeor testing using our TriRig Omni bikes. All for $699!