I'm looking at building a set of wheels for a new bike and I'm deep into rim selection.
169cm, 55kg, I can climb and roll in a group with the fast guys but on the flat into the wind, I'm a dead man.
My daily riders are Ambrosio Excellence, 36, 3x, 25c Conti 4season
Weekend rides including Kinlin 270, H Plus Son Archetype, Soul 2.0 wheels and Gigantex 46mm carbon clinchers. All of those are 20/24 combos with mainly WI hubs. Terrain in Singapore is dead flat but chances are I will be moving to an area which has rolling terrain.
I haven't decided Al vs Carbon.
Al is narrowed down to Archetype or Stans 340 VII. I can figure that one out although if anyone with 340VII build experience can tell me if all that crap about lower tension is BS or not, that would be appreciated. Also, how stiff does VII build up in the rear (24 2x DS and NDS)?
Carbon- Enve 6.7 or 3.4 clincher...expensive but....go with 6.7 or 3.4? I've never been a hard core weight weenie but I've ready widely varied reports regarding the 6.7 in crosswinds. How bad can they be? I had a pair of Spinergy's back in the day and in crosswinds, they were downright dangerous. My 46mm Gigantex are fat sectioned, U vs V, and easy to ride in cross winds if that helps.
I've been looking at the newer, since 2011, Reynolds 32 and 46. Any users out there?
Not worried about heat from braking and delamination issues given my weight and terrain.
More curious about wet weather braking performance, maximum spoke tension and how they handle in cross winds. Pricing is better than the Enve's and I recognize, no bling factor and not cutting edge but I'm a vinyl and tube guy so that says it all.
The facts, while interesting, are not relevant.......