Here is a short review of my experience so far with my set of wheels.
I had the opportunity to order a custom set of clincher Blade Carbon wheels with 35mm deep in the front and 55mm in the rear. The rims themselves were 25mm wide to go with the conti gp4000 ii that I had planned to install on it. One of the reasons I choice to go with clinchers was because of Continentals only made GP 4000ii with 25mm width for clincher type rims. They do come in 23mm for tubular but no other sizes. I had absolutely no trouble installing the pair of brand new tire on the rim without any tools but my hands. I was previously advised to try and set the brake pads on the lower side of the brake tracks as these were clincher wheels. Made the adjustments and went out on my rides. I’ve ridden these wheels on flat courses like the Calabogie and Mosport race track as well as hilly courses such as Blue Mountain and Forks of credit.
Like all aero wheels, with enough cross wind you’ll have to fight to hold a semi straight line. After speaking with other teammates who were using other top tier wheel, the feedback they receive from their wheels were very similar to the feedback my Blade Carbon wheels were giving me. With a strong enough gust of wind, its unavoidable to get blown around a bit. The wheels itself are plenty stiff and they feel more solid then other named branded carbon wheels I own at the moment. They’re great on descend and once they pickup speed, they can hold it well. One down side or area of improvement was braking in the wet, they did not perform as well as my aluminum beater wheels. I was required to brake earlier and longer when slowing down to a stop. My overall experience with them has been nothing but thumbs up all while receiving plenty of compliments from other cyclist on the road.
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