What clincher, non-carbon wheelsets are available with a black brake track other than Mavic's overpriced Exalith-equipped wheels? I have a set of Ksyrium SL's now and love them, but I will not pay $1500+ for a new set with the all black look. I have seen some wheelsets built up with a black anodized rim from Weinmann, but have heard that they are quite heavy.
Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it using search.
The problem you'll have is that any alloy rim that has an all black finish will deteriorate as soon as you apply the brakes. Ceramics will last better than any but the newer rims have a tendency to chip more easily than the originals. Exalith is a totally different treatment and is far far more durable than the ceramics with a more positive braking feel that lasts. It is not a purely cosmetic treatment. The reason for the cost is partly due to the fact that the rims are made in France, transported to the UK for the Exalith treatment and then shipped back to France to be built into wheels. All the other finishes Mavic has been able to do in house.