I was looking for a stiff and light wheel set to replace my Easton EA 90s that were breaking spokes. I wanted a reputable, known brand that could be serviced anywhere. I like to climb, so I wanted something light and stiff, not necessarily the fastest set. These Dura Ace wheels are fantastic! They make the bike seem to float uphill.
Being 6ft-4in tall and having a 200-pound rider weight, I have a history of performance issues with several name brand wheels. So far, I have only good things to say about these wheels.
I rode the Ronde PDX Within the first 200 miles of ownership. These wheels silently climbed the steepest grades and handled beautifully while mounted to my Niner RLT. I experienced no spoke pinging or flexing creaks. Now after several hundred miles, the wheels are still true and are working perfectly. This set of wheels, with their 24 spoke count and wider rims, have exceeded my expectations. They are well assembled using quality parts. My set came with a signed certificate showing who hand built the wheels at the Eugene, Oregon factory.
I use this wheel for my everyday riding. I use it to do training on the hills. It climbs like nothing would stop it. It responses quickly. the width of the rims help you descentconering with super confident. Just point and go.
I actually have the LG CX version of this wheelset, with the only difference are the sealed bearings. These are a solid wheelset, with tyres easier to mount due to the wider rim. The wider rim allows the tyre to expand beyond its stock sizing, resulting in a more stable and comfortable ride. Right now, I have the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season 700x25 mounted and they're measured just over 26 mm. They've recently taken abuse in the last Solvang Century with no issues after 2,000 miles.
They take a while to spin up and although their weight suggest as a non-climbing wheelset, they're decent enough to climb. Don't let the weight fool you!