The hubs, the hubs....
Aerowise there may be better around but who else makes bombproof carbon rims with buttery smooth high-tech hybrid bearings running on oil ?
Just to give you some idea I have two sets: One is an Ultra dating from late 2006, the other is an Ultra Two which I acquired earlier this year.
The first set has been running on Ceramic Speed bearings and light oil for the better part of 80.000 km rain or shine and still is like new in every single aspect bar some tiny scratches on the stickers. Even the brake tracks are like new....
These wheels never go out of true and barely need any maintenance. If they do need it then it's still a piece of cake and free if you do it yourself.
If you're looking for a set of wheels you want to keep for years and years then this is it.
Fantastic hubs/loose ball bearings, strong/durable rims, my two sets have never needed any truing. Reasonably light package. Bought from the right sources (UK) you can get Bora 1's for less than $1400 USD (alloy hub and not ceramic bearings) and the ceramic Bora 2's (carbon hub) for $2100.
had the Bora Ultra back in 2006, then sold it and bought LW Std..
my current wheels are Hyperon Ultra Two (clincher), Lightweight and RZR (tubulars), and 3 more pairs of Campagnolo clinchers. Bora Ultra rolls better than anything else, even with the regular bearings.
Not the lightest or most aero but just look how many pro's rolled up the ramp at yesterdays TdF presentation with them
The hyperion clinchers are another that the headline figures don't quite stack up, but they just work really well.
Parlee Z1 Wax'd SR11 Carbon rims
Enigma Etape Ti SR11 +rack
Teschner TT - LW12spoke/LW Disc
Pinarello Opera 90's steel Rec10
I've crashed my Boras twice in the past month and they've laughed it off.
If you want something for TTing I'd look elsewhere, but for general road riding they are great.
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
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