So I finally got around to sending my hubs (Thanks Ryanh) to FWB, to get laced to Schmolke 30mm TLO tubular rims. My wheels weighed 1010g on my new scale, and I hear I could go under that by removing the stickers (Not proven). I glued on a new pair of Veloflex Roubaix tires in 25mm and oh man these wheels are butter. Me and Ryanh have been wheel swapping and I noticed the Enve 4.5 wheels I've been running since last year started to become harsher on my body, but I also went away from supple veloflex tires to harsher Vittoria Corsa G tires. Hands down the 4.5 wheels are some of the fastest wheels I've ridden to date, and some of the most stable. I've corrected stupid lines mid corner on those wheels and they simply rail everything. I honestly think the Enve 4.5 wheels would be the perfect race wheel, where stability, stiffness and speed is priority. My riding has tailored off a bit, as most of LA people this year for some odd reasoning. I'm no longer looking for hammer fest rides, and just socials that ride at a fast pace. I ride alone a bunch too, so this is when I push myself into the red, etc. I like doing really long extended climbs from my house on weekends, and most of the time alone. I can ride up Angeles Crest from my place to Dawson Saddle and that's 114mi / 11,000ft of elevation. Nothing over 11% on the entire climb, just a long continuous day in the saddle.
I did a ride over the weekend over the SM mountains and it was the perfect place to test and analyze the Schmolke wheels. The SM mountains are really steep and fast sections of rollers and other secluded climbs like Piuma, Latigo, Deer Creek, Stunt and Fernwood. Once you crest these climbs, you're typicall confronted with a bunch of really fast descents, or really fast and pitchy rollers. Good place to test stiffness out of the saddle, and in the saddle big ring in the hood efforts over the rollers (Mulholland). Anyways, after riding the Campy Bora 50 and Bora 35 wheels in the last week then the Schmolke, it's safe to say I found the perfect balance between those two Campy wheels. The Campy Bora 50 was hands down the most comfy wheel I've ever ridden. The Bora 35 was a little stiffer than the 50 and that could be due to the middle section of the 50 having a thin wall, who knows. The schmolke wheels were stiffer than the bora 35 wheels, but had a weird sense of comfort to them like the 50 Bora's. When I got out of the saddle there wasn't a MM of wheel movement, and in the saddle the lateral and vertical stiffness was perfect. I banged out the SM mountains with ease, and didn't feel beat up after the ride at all. On the downside of rollers, the Schmolke wheels held speed like deeper wheels, but I did find myself in the drops hammering to maintain the speeds. On my 4.5 wheels I could tuck and keep super fast momentum without pedaling, but those wheels are 48/56mm respectively.
The Schmolke rims don't have a cheese grater style braking which I applaud. I think that style brake track is ridiculous. The industry created something to eat up pads, and emit a bunch of noise. I'm using a new set of Campy Red pads, and my brakes weren't even adjusted properly and boy did they grab. The Enve wheels have a weird pulsation to them, but the Schmolke wheels simply grab! I like how you can just give a handful of brake to scrub speed and keep on going. I'm going to try black prince pads, but TBH I think the Campy Red pads are perfect for these wheels.
If you have a chance to get the Schmolke rims, I would! I was in the market for a set of Campy Bora 50 wheels, but I may just build up a spare set of Tune Hubs I have, to a set of the Schmolke 45 TLO Tubular rims. The main attraction to the Bora 50 wheels, is the super silent rear hub. Riding Tune hubs for the last 4-5 years, I forgot how nice it is to have a silent bike.
Anyways, I'm a fan of SChmolke rims and not taking anything away from Enve stuff. I wanted to try a more supple tire on the 4.5 wheels, but they've since moved on. I have a set of FSE wheels coming and I'm still deciding on which deep section wheels I want (Bora 50 versus Schmolke 45 TLO). Fairwheels built my wheels, and I can't recommend a better place to get your wheels built, in a timely manner. They build my wheels so quick, sometimes the auto deposit from my job doesn't land before they're finish with the wheels! hahaha