Pros: Improved hub and rim design over previous models.
Recommendation: Now wider and stronger the new Havocs are awesome. Truely shread worthy. The added strenght did not come at a cost of weight. The lighter weight is a welcome as well. Only comes with a 20mm front though. Other than that you have a choice of rear spacing which is cool. Awesome graphics as well.
Pros: Can be found on sale. The Thru Axle is a quick change out w/o tools. Weight vs Sturdiness is within tolerances to race XC on. Easton wheels are coming on strong in MTB and Road.
Cons: You'll want to do PM on the hubs every 6 months.
Recommendation: The local LBS suggested I go with these after I taco'd a set of DT 1540's on a channeled rock garden. Their entire XC squad uses them..and I figured what the heck. I have continued to abuse these within an inch of MY life and they have yet to even garner a spoke ping. Their weight isn;t that much of a factor on race day climbs as you can catch anything lost while bombing technical downhills and obstacles with confidence. I don't hesitate to take to the air to clear some obstacles with these. They have surpassed my expectations. Mated with the Rampage 2.35...an almost unbeatable combo.