So I've got a tax refund coming in, and I've been lusting after a new wheelset. I was wondering whether it was worth building up some aluminum aero wheels, or whether I'm better off saving my money until I can afford carbon. Right now, I'm doing most of my training on box-section tubulars that I built up for cross. I really like the ride quality, but they're noticeably slower on the flats than my crappy Ultegra clinchers (WH-R600).
I'm wondering if it's a terrible idea to build up some aluminum aero wheels. I was looking at the Velocity Pro Elite rims, which are basically the tubular version of the Deep V. However, the weight is a little absurd - 582 g, compared to 375 g for a Mavic Reflex. I'd be building them up with bladed spokes, either Sapim or DT, and probably lacing them to Dura-Ace hubs, although I've also considered DT 240s.
Would that be a wheelset worth owning? Last season, I mostly raced crits, where the weight wouldn't be such a big deal, but I'm trying to make it out to a lot more RR's this season. Is it going to be impossible to spin these up when the pack surges? Will they put me at a disadvantage vs. either of the other wheelsets I own? Are Deep Vs/Pro Elites even appropriate rims for road racing?