Is the key to reducing vibration loss reducing tire pressure? How important is the design of the wheel?
Yes. Many wheel designs don’t really allow you to drop your tire pressure to an optimal level. Some factors would make the wheel unsafe or unstable to ride. It might not be able to support lateral cornering forces at low pressures. The tire pressure is the key, but you must have a whole bike system to achieve that optimum tire pressure.
At what speed does vibration loss become a significant barrier to speed?
I feel like it’s a trick question! The answer is, it’s always a factor. It’s kind of like aerodynamics. Aero drag is always slowing you down; as you go faster, it becomes more and more critical. But I will throw this question on its head and say that vibration loss is a major factor that dictates the speed at which we can ride a bike. The entire bike design is driven by the surface roughness on the course (consider the difference between a track bike, road-racing bike, and gravel bike, for instance).
How should riders evaluate how to minimize the slowing effects of vibration loss?
We try to make it as easy as possible by baking the benefits of Total System Efficiency into the product. Our rim tirebed geometry helps make any tire faster, and we offer a tire guide and a tire pressure tool for wheel setup.