Mike Vittorio: How Cycling Wheel Technology Is Evolving

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About this episode:
In this week’s episode, coach Adam talks with Zipp design engineer Mike Vittorio about the latest and greatest in cycling wheel technology, and how cyclists' long-held habits need to change to get the most out of the new technology.

Guest Bio – Mike Vittorio:

Mike Vittorio is a design engineer for Zipp Speed Weaponry in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan and spent the first part of his career as a yacht designer with a focus on composite structures. In 2017 Mike joined Zipp and began applying his study of flow dynamics and professional experience with various composite processing techniques to wheel design. Mike’s most recent project for Zipp is the 303 S Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset.

Mike has been road cycling throughout his life but seriously ramped up his training upon joining Zipp. The increase in mileage was not just about getting fit but also to gain an understanding of the needs of modern cyclists.

Episode Highlights:

  • How wheel technology has evolved over the past few years
  • What goes into engineering a wheelset
  • Are wider tires better?
  • Vibration loss, rolling resistance, and how they relate
  • Common misconceptions riders have about buying wheels

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