8-Track Woosh-Woosh: Wind Tunnel Time

Assume the position.
Assume the position.

Our own Josh Liberles recently had the opportunity to take an assortment of wheels – both HiFis and competitors’ – and his shnazzy new Orbea Ordu time trial bike into the University of Washington Aerodynamic Lab.

We’ll be spending a whole lot more time on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and wind tunnel testing, but these early forays proved what we’ve already seen out on the roads. They’re not only beautiful to behold, but our wheels also give the most established brands some very serious competition.

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Electric Feedback: Racing HiFi

Erin swoops down the Barton Park Cross Crusade descent.
Erin Lolich swoops down the Barton Park Cross Crusade descent.

Our “Trial by Mud” continued this past week, culminating with some badass cyclocross racing this weekend here in Portland. There are a whole bunch more HiFi wheelsets out there now — covering most of the categories, too, which is awesome.

HiFi riders will, undoubtedly, have bad results along the way — but this weekend came up all roses across the board. Aaron Coker started things right, winning yet another Clydesdale Cross Crusade race at Barton Park on Sunday — proving both the

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HiFi’s Soft Launch in the Hardest Conditions

Patrick Palmer, post-race, with HiFi MixMaster aluminum tubulars
Patrick Palmer, post-race, showing off his HiFi MixMaster aluminum tubulars.

Why the heck would someone start a wheel company in the fall? It’s simple: we want to put our stuff to the ultimate test.

We at HiFi are all bike racers, and we know that cyclocross in Oregon supplies some of the most grueling conditions for both riders and equipment.

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JT Fountain

JT is the terror of the Inland Northwest Cyclocross scene (think: Eastern Washington and Western Idaho), but his skills have certainly made some dents on larger stages as well. JT is a perennial threat and podium-earner in the Single Speed USAC National Championships, and you’ll see him in the mix at the front of Elite and UCI events all over the Northwest and beyond — also on board his single speed!

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