Well Gina's wheel finally started signs of failure so I quickly replaced it with a wheel I rarely ride. My pride and joy DA hub with a Deep V. After the first ride (I didn't ask) she said, "wow, I feel a big difference in the wheel". I asked for more info and her comments were that the wheel was much more solid feeling and not so wimpy like the low spokecount wheel she had beenriding the last 13,000 miles before cracking at the eyelets. (Bontrager Race Lites $400 per set but stock on her bike).
I asked if the wheel felt heavy on the climb (GMR 8 miles 2200ft) and she said not at all. If anything, it was stiffer and more responsive on the climb. So I then asked how it felt on the flat land. She said it felt fast and VERY VERY smooth. Again I asked if it felt heavy on the spin up as so many in the forums have claimed of this heavy wheel. She said no, again it felt stiff, super sturdy and if anything, more reponsive compared to the "wimpy" low spoke count wheel she had been riding.
So I asked about crosswinds while riding the flat trail. She said she didnt feel any diference as far as crosswinds except that the felt strong compared to the wimpy wheel she had. She said this wheel just wants to go, maybe aerodyanmics but she can't say for sure but the thing just wants to go! But she says she can't see from where the some of the negative forum opinions of the wheel are based.
I told her that if for any reason she felt the wheel was too heavy, I'd strip it down fo the DA hub then build it on a rim that was a little lighter. She said no way, this thing is strong and VERY VERY smooth!
I give her some credibility as far as ride characteristic opinions after she broke my heart saying her new full carbon bike on $62 GP 4000's was not any smoother of a ride compared to her old steel bike. I don't think she feels the placebo effects in bike equipment. Again I asked if she wanted me to build the wheel with a lighter rim, answer remains the same!
I'm Mr. Beanz and I endorse this message!
Deep V with a DA hub on Gina's bike
After a fast 42 mile ride on the flats