I picked up my new wheels at the end of last week from Herb at Revolution Cyclery.
I didn’t obsessively weigh them or photograph them, because someone else has already done that.
Here’s what I think so far:
- They’re pretty damn light, especially when you consider they’re 34mm.
- The finish is absolutely first rate. These are beautifully made wheels.
- Bearings are EXTREMELY smooth. I sincerely doubt one could discern the performance from that of ceramic, they are honestly that good.
- I mounted Michelin Pro Race 3 tires and had almost no trouble; no levers required, and bear in mind I’m a huge pussy and have no upper body strength.
- I used 60mm valve stems and these are probably the right choice; you can actually get a pump head on them and have room to hold the stem.
- The brake track is pretty small. I had to nail the brake adjustment on all four corners perfectly. It’s not hard to do; it just requires your attention.
- I went 50×11 in the stand and spun up the rear wheel. Holy shit. I wish I had my computer on the bike, because at a certain speed you can hear these things moving air.
- I got out for a “short” ride – 24 miles and 4,000ft of climbing. These are not feathery-feeling climbing wheels, but they are strong and I think climb very well. Not heavy or tanky feeling at all. No hesitations at all about racing these wheels up Mt. Washington in August.
- The rear hub is extremely quiet, which I like.
- These wheels performed far beyond my expectations in several inches of snow. The depth is such an asset. These are going to be phenomenal cyclocross wheels.
- On steep descents, these wheels absolutely take off. I don’t have balls big enough to do them justice in this department. So fast.
- No experience on the flats yet. I am very eager to get these up to Loudon for some crit racing, because I have a strong suspicion they will really shine there.
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