October 20, 2009
Arguably the best wheel set you can buy for the money. Tougher than cheap steak
They could use more contact points in the free hub, but that's digging.
I am running these on both my gravity and my pedal bike. I would highly recommend them to anyone who punishes wheelsets. Other wheelsets I have owned tend to be hexagonal after a season of riding. I don’t know or care about weight or energy savings. I demand predictable and reliable from my components and these have not let me down.
They have handled the constant and nasty rock gardens at Diablo, NJ and Sol Vista, Co, Indy Car inspired tracks at Winter Park, Co and in Switzerland. A great wheelset should go unnoticed and these do. After three years there is just starting to be a slight bit of grinding in one hub bearing. You only notice it when the hub is apart for re-packing. The only time I have felt the need to true is after a particularly nasty crash. I bent the rim once on a very nasty landing where I came up short on gap with a square edged rock starting the landing zone. I can't imagine any rim standing up to that. I have had no problems since.
Another set is finishing its second year on my pedal bike. This is my bike that takes the surly rock gardens at Pueblo, Grand Junction, Fruita and Moab. They are still completely round and true enough for me. There have been a few times in very technical pedal situations I wish there were a few more contact points in the free hub system. I can say that about every other wheelset. I have owned.