This is really a review on the buying process, that I´ve sent a couple of times but it doesn´t turn up in the review section. So I´ll put it here as well. I intend to be back with feedback on the wheels themselves later, after I´ve used them for som time.
I bought the wheelset – Epic 50-60 clincher – a few weeks before Christmas, when Tokyowheel had a sale. I chose the Lighter Ceramic Upgrade, but the prize still landed at just below 1100 USD. By comparison, below is what you need to pay for high-end clincher wheelsets in store here in Stockholm as of January 2016:
• Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 – 2.583 USD.
• Enve Smart 4,5 – 3.065 USD.
• Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 C50 – 1.726 USD (carbon/alu).
• Zipp 404 – 2.349 (sale!).
The Swedish authorities are a bit stiff; very much by the book and flexibility is seldom an option. It turned out impossible to clear the wheel through customs without paying extra fees, as I was buying from outside the EU. The extra cost was 320 USD, and as promised Tokyowheel immediately refunded that 110%! I must admit that I was thankful and amazed at the same time! Make note that even WITH the extra fees, the total sum is LESS than that for the cheapest wheelset in the list above!
It´s winter with snow and ice and frost in Stockholm and I probably won´t be able to take the wheels for a spin until late March or early April. I intend to use 25 mm tyres. The bike is a Cannondale SuperSix Evo with SRAM Red 22.
The wheels look fabulous, by the way, and nothing was missing (the box had been opened by customs).