so, I bought a set of 56mm deep Easton carbon tubulars (tempest II) with conti gp4000 (with black chili) tires on discount in december. Until today they've sat in my basement waiting for OK weather and race season. I rode them today for the first time, just to get them dialed in for tomorrow's race.
All I can say is: holy crap. I knew they'd be fast, but damn.
They feel pretty normal at lower speeds, but get them up around 25 and they just seems to want to go faster. I hit 37 on a downhill that normally gets me to 34... and I wasn't trying to go particularly fast.
I had a few buddies lead me out for a form sprint and the extra bit of speed once i really poured it on is actually a bit scary. the lightness of the wheels makes them feel a bit less grounded, too... sounds weird, but pulling on the bars hard lifts the front wheel with less effort.
Where i felt them most dramatically was on 3-4% up-gradients while really pushing the pace. The combo of aero and light weight really becomes apparent here as they seem to hold speed easier and make my pedal stroke smoother.
I'm glad that they are this much better, as they cost an f'in fortune, but I'm shocked at how noticeable the difference is. I was riding race X lites with pro2race tires prior to these on the race rig, so no slobs in the wheel world.
At 190 and a sprinter type, they feel solid and strong. They also feel comfortable/supple which is saying a lot on a caad7 with aluminum post and hard saddle.
Of course I have no real hard evidence to support any of this, but I'm really floored.
Oh yah, and they look soooooooooo good.
So, I'm spoiled now.
anyone else have this kind of reaction when riding aero tubulars for the first time? anyone else feel a little bad about buying speed??
thanks for reading this babble,