This is my first post....I would like to have everyone’s input on my greatest concerns, namely money and wheels.
Here's what I have narrowed it down to:
American Classic CR420 / Mid V carbon
This is my first post also. I have not ridden the 420 wheels, but I can tell you what I saw happen in Orlando, Florida, at the Festival of Speed event last weekend.
An American Classic team rider, probably 210lbs? folded a 420 rear wheel from a standing start. That guy had some incredible power, and the wheel folded like a pretzel. The rim would appear to be very weak. Also, I was chatting to one of the Pro field guys who was riding the same wheels, and they were completely out of true after one race! This was his first ride on them. This course is pancake flat, and very smooth. These wheels appear to be of poor quality, in build and component quality.
Make your own mind up, but I will stick with my Ksyriums, even with the weight penalty.
I haven't seen Joe Young wheels first hand, but I can tell you Dave from Speed Dream wheels also builds a nice set.
First of all welcome to WW PCS74 and BikeTech
Now, regarding AC420, what BT states I can second.
1) I do not own a set of AC420's but my best friend does.
He had to return not one, not two, but three sets
of the wheels because of immediate and constant problems with the rear hub and build.
There seemed to be an O-ring problem of some sort or another, but it kept re-occuring even with supposed replacement. He was also experiencing problems with the wheels staying true. Three times the same problem with brand new wheels is unacceptable IMO, especially when the site claims "American Classic wheels are meticulously hand-built at our facility in Tampa Bay."
Righhhhhht. Try walking your bike up Pacific Coast Highway with your pissed-off best friend a couple of times....Finally, he spoke with Bill Shook dirtectly and for now the problem seems resolved. But I would advise caution: you're big, my friend is maybe 5'9", 165? or so.
An AC Team rider folded his own wheels? Man, that's embarassing.
2) The AC hubs do not seem to be the greatest, in the opinion of my LBS (it's a good shop that deals with quality products only) the AC quality control has gone down a lot. They're not impressed.
3) I'm 6'1", 185, so I'm in the big rider range like you. I bought Dave Thomas Speed Dream "AeroLite": Velocity Fusion Rim; White Industries hubs: Sapim CX-Ray; hand built for you. They are great: not super super light at 1500g (and the Speed Dream R359 is 1390, both sets lighter than Ksyriums), but fast, super strong, very true, very sure. I highly recommend you contact Dave, no email you must call. He's very accessible, knowledgable and can build anything
you want. Try it, you'll like it!