Could you try to explain the difference you feel between the Stans rims and the Edge?
No doubt the Edge look nicer, but is it worth double the price?
Well for a starter I got the egde wheels from eBay for a fair bit less than they retail for and basically in new condition. As I'd been humming and harring about buying a set built to extralite hubs it wasn't hard to talk myself into these...
Secondly I was after a stiffer set of wheels than the hyperclincher wheels where.. As I'm around 85kgs right now I'm in the upper limits of what you can get away with using the stans rims. The just can't run the kind of tension required to build a nice stiff set of wheels..
They are fast and have great braking, spin up quick and with the 24/28 spoke count get you home with out having to limp if you break a spoke...
But the 45 wheelset is lighter, faster ( more aero and they have ceramics ), stiffer ( the hyperclincher rear would rub the frame when climbing out of the saddle and I had to avoid the 25 cog out of the saddle cause of spoke rub ),with the veloflex extremes the ride is way nicer and as you pointed out better looking.
I'm pretty sold on tubulars right now and hate seeing such a great hubset going to waste so I'm considering getting a pair of enve 1.25 rims and rebuilding the wheels into proper climbing wheels, the extra tension and the 24/28 spoke count would make the wheelset pretty stiff and as they have the same brake tract and are carbon swapping em would be fast and easy so they would be used...
Maybe even run a lightweight front tire..
Would put the bike under the 5.5kg mark hmmm