The world’s fastest aerodynamic bikepacking bags, really? Apidura’s drag-optimized Aero Pack System is designed to make gravel bikes faster. It gives Fat Pigeon racer Nol van Loon’s Ridley Kanzo Fast a 16.66 watts savings at 40km/h compared to no bags at all, plus it helps carry all the nutrition & spares Nol will need to take on Unbound Gravel this weekend. Apidura Aero Pack System aerodynamic gravel racing bags
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We’ll admit it, when we first had 3T telling us about aero gravel six years ago, we were a bit skeptical. Was it going fast, slower or going slow, but faster? In any case, the years since have shown gravel gainz from aero benefits at all speeds – from aero gravel wheels to the most aero gravel tires ! We even had a nice aero gravel AASQ discussion last year.
Now, Apidura teamed up with Ridley bikes & Hunt wheels to create what they say is the “World’s Fastest Gravel Bike” to race Unbound Gravel this weekend. Aero Bikepacking Bag Development
Apidura & Ridley had both been asking themselves how bags might not add drag to a gravel race bike, but in fact, make them faster. Baseline tests in the Bike Valley wind tunnel showed that a conventional bikepacking setup could be adding up to 17.5W of extra drag for racers looking to carry all-day race supplies ( at a pretty conventional 40km/h testing speed ). That’s more than the gains you get from deep aero wheels, a skinsuit, […]