Recently I posted an e-mail to the club about getting a pair of race
wheels. Here is a summary of the responses. Thank you to all of those
who responed, and if you have any further input please let me know!
>>> I'm certainly not an expert, but I'd say that the 3 or
4 spoke wheels are less versatile than say a zipp 404. I've got 404s
and couldn't be happier.
The 3 and 4-spoke wheels, and of course disc wheels, are not
useful in crosswinds. The spoked-wheels are ideal in those conditions.
side winds are not an unusual occurrence...I'd hate to have a wheel
that wasn't ideal for those conditions. I'd did quite a bit of research
when I shopped for my zipps....i don't recall all of the info, but I
know that the net result was that I felt that the zipps were the best
all around value.
>>> HED is a great company and always on the
aerodynamic cutting edge. I also love my Rolf Vector Pros-light and
amazing hubs-because my big race is Hawaii, I like a lower profile rim.
>>> I invested in a pair of 650 Hed 3's 2 years ago
and I swear by them. I only use them for racing so I notice a huge
difference when I go from "cast iron" training wheels to the carbon
fiber H3's. They also climb really well.I've used them in Half Iron
distances on a Quintana Roo and the ride was no problem. The 2
drawbacks I've seen are (1) if you whack a pothole and ding carbon
fiber, the wheel is permanently damaged, and (2) I noticed that a
crosswind will ***really*** push you so be prepared.
-Testing is unheard of - I've never known a shop to do this.
ultimate set up - for the limitations you suggested - would be a Hed 3
rear and a Hed Alp front. AND I'd do a clincher and not a sewup - I can
explain why if you are
-I wouldn't do a tri spoke front as it's too difficult to manage in cross winds.
-I wouldn't do Corima as I've seen too many problems with them
-I've never like the way the Xlab looks with the funky curves but who knows
- I don't see many out there.