Here is the executive summary:
WOW! My Goodness. Yes!!
If you want a little more detail read on:
I did a 108 miler with 6000 ft today on a route I've done quite a bit. About all I can say is if I'd known how much I'd like these wheels I would have bought them much sooner. These are really good climbing wheels. Between being a little more fit, less body weight and these lightweight jewels I was climbing hills in at least one easier gear than I normally would have----sometimes two. I found myself in the 50 chain ring instead of the 34 as well. The wheels are pretty stiff and at the half way point of my ride I let out about 5 lbs of air pressure in both the front and back and the overall ride comfort was tremendously improved. The rims are 23 mm wide and while I was running lower pressure than normal to start with but I could tell that I really needed to be even less. The wheels are 1330 grams which is about 150 grams less than my normal climbing set of wheels----and I could really tell a difference. I can't wait to get in a large group to see how they do. They are only 38 mm deep so I don't think there will be any crosswind issues. The ceramic bearings seemed silky smooth.
These wheels are super true. I got with my mechanic buddy and he put them on the truing stand and they were about as close to true as you can get. I did some short descents and they seemed to really stick to the road---the 23 mm width helps with that. I could easily sit up and ride with no hands as they felt like they were rolling along like a gyroscope.
JimF----I did get a touch of squeal when I was on a descent and entering a hairpin turn. It was the front wheel where most of the force was applied.
I'm know thinking I'll be considering using carbon wheels on my climbing bike as long as the conditions are dry and there are not a lot of nasty descents.
Here is a picture from today's ride that I took quickly.