Raxel - good catch, the 50's came in at 1293g- I think I was trying to reference the 38's but my brain was moving faster than my fingers- even with all that coffee!!
PezTech, While the PM assuring me that I was not being "called out" was well, cute- perhaps it should have been part of the post... That said, I understand your point about trolls so no harm meant... I race with a team based out of Chicago, we're a bunch of 2's and 3's. None of us want to be pro and race as amateurs with full time jobs, and kids etc, though we feel we're pretty darn competitive. We have something like 5 out of the last 7 state titles on the road... several Illinois Cup and Chicago Cyclocross Cup titles and plenty of wins... We're nothing more or less special than a hundred teams across the country... But that's mostly irrelevant. I personally ride every day- I commute to work all year long (even throughout the winter) and train a minimum of 10 hours a week all the way up to a dizzying 20+.
I've owned and raced so much equipment that I can't even begin to list it all... Every year we get new stuff thanks to our generous sponsors- some we buy some is free. Sometimes it's part of product development sometimes it's off the shelf...
I've raced on so many courses, again I can't even begin to recount them... I've raced in every type of weather (hail and a blizzard included, and once at Superweek when the road's temperature was 158 degrees fahrenheit the official let everyone off the star line and held up the race to let anyone change to clinchers if they wanted...)
This will be my last post about China Carbon rims... (well, maybe I'll post some photos of the stuff as it arrives - we all like to look at bike toys!
It seems that folk are pretty engrained in their opinions and we're not having a dialogue but rather attempts at surgically disassembling one's post and character...
So my parting words will be (hmm, gotta make it good right..) The shortest distance between two points is a straight line... in the opposite direction...
I kid, I kid.
For me and my team going with China carbon wheels was a great opportunity to try something new at relatively low cost- a chance to do something unique and our own. If it works that's fantastic, if not, so be it. I can't claim this is right for anyone else but for us it was. I tried to lay out our rational in my previous post if only to shed some light on the why, I make no claims to any quality other than what I can see and feel, I can't refute anyone else's opinions and don't care to... Bottom line is that if you're interested, go for it! You may like to share your opinions both positive and negative... If not well, then don't. If you have firsthand experience, share it... do so kindly though, if you're just pontificating... well, that's ok, but maybe a disclaimer regarding the lack of first-hand experience would be appropriate.
Anyhow, it's like 50 degrees out today with snow on the horizon... so I'm going for a ride.