First off - I will demo before I buy- I'm actually in the process of Demo'ing currently, looking for opinions
Background 81 KG (about 180 pounds) Sprinter, peak power ~ 1450, 5s ~ 1350. My 'A' events are going to be crits and flat RR. Cat-3, spend 16-20 hrs a week, raced ~ 15 events last year... prob more this year. Annual miles ~ 7,500. Would prob roll clinchers for charity rides and etc.
I recently started the quest to get a set of tubulars to race on this year (please do not debate tubs vs clinch) I 'think' I have it narrowed down to a couple of choices.. Budget is a concern, but not the final decision
Mavic CCU's - I have the chance to purchase a set of Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate at a good price. New in box, LBS deal - full warranty, access to MP3 warranty program, etc. I'm going to ride them for a couple of weeks... but research on the innerwebs is spooky on these... I can't seem to find anyone how hates them! Some reviews start off 'I'm a mavic hater' and end up saying they will never take them off their bike, etc. Data points toward them being a true all around wheel set... Again, for crits I'm not worried about debating the possible areo advantage of an 808... haha. I do know they were 1 pound, 4 ozs LIGHTER than my reynolds assault clinchers... can't wait to ride them, etc. They have a solid rep, many teams riding them, etc. My coach recommended them... but again - I have to pay for them / live with them! haha ( he also works at LBS...) I don't want to list price here, but would value your opinion on what a 'smoking deal' on these would be.
Enve 3.4's - Another option on the short list is the 3.4's. I can get them new with a chris king rear hub in the $1,600 range (less than the price of rims)with full warranty, etc. Smoking deal but will also take some time to make happen (hope 2-3 weeks). I rode the 6.7's in clincher and loved them, but they 'absorbed' sprint snap and took a little longer to get to speed... I would save $ of the front end and have the lifetime crash replacement on the hoops, they are serviceable and I will be able to pick the hub / spoke selection of the rear (the front is pre-built with a sub 100 gram hub)
Other options to look at? ~$2K- $3K, want an 'all around' wheel for climbing and gen racing (Again, I'm 180... not planning on winning a queen stage). MUST be stiff...
Thanks for your time!