Stiffness is a priority as I am a big guy(95kgs). But I would also like them to have some aero advantage, given my size I wont be getting near the finish of any hilly races so ultra light weight isn't really a priority. Although I would like to stay below 1500g where possible.
Some of the choices I have looked are are:
Fulcrum Racing 1/Zero
Planet X Pro Carbon 50s, or buying just these rims and building onto some nice hubs
Gigantex on Novatec from wheelsmith.com
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL
Or many different options for hand built alloy clinchers on nice hubs
I am keen to hear peoples views and experiences with the different options and others that I may not have thought of!
Edit: I should also add that I currently have Ambrosio Evolution laced to Hope Pro-3 hubs to use for the majority of my training, so which ever I go for wont be used all the time.
Second, there are inexpensive carbon clinchers, such as FarSports, which many people here have had good experience with. At your size I'd suggest one of the sturdier rims they sell such as the new wide clinchers or the CN series narrow rims. Velobuild is a good source if they are running a group buy on the wheels you want, or you can buy direct from FarSports like I did. Gigantex also makes durable carbon clinchers.
If you don't want to deal with swapping brake pads and worrying about braking on steep technical descents, then aluminium clinchers are the way to go. Mavics have poor aerodynamics so I'd cross them off the list. The new wide rims are nice. I have a set of the KinLin XC279s but the Piacentis look good too, as do the HED wide rims.
If I could have multiple I would have a good sturdy aluminum clincher and a nice carbon set, which is what I have with my OPs and Farsports 38's (1250g).
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I would only use the tubs for one training ride a week, a very fast chain gang, which is also quite short, and then my back up wheels for the rest of my training. They are a set of Ambrosio Evolution rims laced to Hope Pro-3 hubs. They are heavy, but good reliable training wheels.
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Thanks for the comments and advice though! Will be helpful for n+1 wheelsets!
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