Have you tried the braking performance of the Smart rims?
No, can't say I have. Is it significantly better than before? I am curious. I presume it is but I haven't had the chance to verify it first hand. The new pads that are being developed seem to be having just as much or more to do with better braking performance as the rims themselves. For instance, the Blue Reynolds pads are way better than the old ones, and I can actually run those on a set of Reynolds DV46UL clinchers without a constant screeching. I was going to get the Edge/ENVE rims at the time (2010 I think) but went with (was atcually steered towards) the Reynolds becasue of all the warranty issues EDGE/ENVE was experiencing at the time. But it seems that the Reynolds DV46UL clinchers suffered from the same issues, and the following year both companies beefed up their versions.
And if you know, what specifically has ENVE done to make the braking significantly better on the Smart rims than it was before? Thanks.
I should also say that it is mostly the wet braking performance of carbon rims that drives me crazy. My first experience in a downpour on carbon rims was NOT very fun. Any rim will not brake as well in the wet as in the dry of course, but carbon wet braking is uh... let's just say it leaves a lot to be desired.
Personally, I am done with carbon clinchers for the moment. I ride carbon rims most of the time now, but they are tubulars and not clinchers. If I'm going to use clinchers, I'm using an aluminum rim. But for as much as I like riding on a nice set of carbon tubulars and even though I've adjusted to the braking, it's still a treat when I run a nice aluminum rim at least as far as the braking is concerned.