Thanks guys. I weigh 175 lbs at the moment. I have had some health issues and was up to 190 for a while there last winter. That was scary but I am getting it dialed in and am only 15 lbs from college days Cat 3 fighting weight.legsrburnin
-I have no idea how the 404s would rate against the LWs. You have to wait for the 303 review. dgasmd
- Yes the LWs are the top wheelset but I throw my bike in the middle of the car a lot too and like you said, I got rid of them since I didnt want to catch a spoke on a cup holder or the like. For travel and fondo's I prefer the hyperon clinchers too. rustychain
- I've been through them all and will get to a group review after wheels. Lets just say that we are in the same camp now. Edge 68sGood:
These are some of the strongest, lightest for their depth wheels out there. With the options in the number of holes, spokes and hubs used, these can be as light as LWs (w/ EL hubs) or as solid as track wheels come. I built mine for the track with 28 spokes and disco ball hubs and these couldnt budge under the most intense efforts. On the short track with steep bankings the light rim weight was excellent for all the micro accelerations and the depth helped them maintain speed over riders on traditional wheels. You get to know a lot about wheels limitations on a short track and the 68s were flawless in this regard.
These rims can do it all. I know one WW who has raced CX for three seasons on 68s and another that routinely wins the steepest hill climbs on his 68s. With the new SMART shaping, these rims will only get better.
Also- best customer service in the business by Edge/Enve. Bad:
Questionable aerodynamics and rim shape. Potential for poor handling in cross winds due to depth and shape. These wheels kind of pissed me off in track pacelines since they carried their momentum a little too well compared to riders on traditional wheels. It took more effort to pull through smoothly and not create a gap. I found myself going up track or sticking my body out to slow me down when I was second or third wheel. But when riding in pacelines with other riders on deep wheels, these helped me keep the speed rolling and stay on longer. I cant comment on the road feel, braking surface and whether the wheels beat me up since these were track duty wheels. I did ride the front 68 outdoors some but not enough to come to any conclusions about the pair. I dont think the 68s would be a good choice if you could only own one wheelset. Verdict-
Versatile burly speed demons. Perfect for the summer on a fast paceline ride that has one short climb at the end.