Just got back from a 40km “maiden voyage” test ride of the new wheels - against my better judgement - due to feeling sick for 2 months as well as the rain and wet filthy gritty streets.
When I got back, my new wheels and frame were covered in grit and mud, but boy, I came back a happy rejuvenated guy!
I’ve never owned quality deep aero wheels before, so my review is based on a newby’s perspective.
FIrst Impression under poor riding conditions is …WOW !
They tracked true and straight as an arrow, all the superlatives I read about them were true.
Braking was very good, in spite of the wet conditions, however the front wheel screeched loudly whenever I applied the brakes, I don’t know what causes that noise and if it’s due to a wet braking surface? (Does anybody know the reason for this and if it can be silenced?, not a big deal though …)
I experienced a really interesting and unexpected phenomenon (which I’ve never read about before) it seems that the extra mass of the deep wheels, generated a proportional amount of (angular) momentum, almost like a flywheel, which had the effect of almost pulling me along and reducing the amount of work I needed to do ! At the same time, climbing hills was not made more difficult by the extra mass. In spite of my legs feeling weak, from lack of riding, I have never ridden this route so quickly and effortlessly before !
On the long downhill stretches the speed and tracking & stability was incredible.
I couldn’t really ride aggressively into the curves due to the wet slippery road conditions, but the cornering still felt superb.
I’m realy looking forward to spring & summer riding when I can use these under more favorable conditions, until then, I’ll need to use my retro 90’s Bianchi rain bike with fenders and mud flaps.