Iíve got a 2015 Cannondale Synapse 5 Disc 105 (Aluminum) that I have really been enjoying with totally stock components. I just started cycling seriously last spring on my mountain bike and picked up this Synapse around last September.
Iíve been smashing personal records on Strava segments around here and picked up a KOM last fall and over the weekend I landed a 5th place and a pair of 8th places on my 61 mile ride. I beat out local Ďproí riders (they ride on sponsored teams so I supposed that qualifies as Ďproí right?). Iím guessing these guys are riding big money carbon fiber race bikes Ė so, Iím pretty stoked to place even if itís not the KOM.
Iím really mostly interested in longer distance riding. Possibly participating in centuries or gran fondos this year. I donít think Iím out to win anything, but just possibly enjoy completing them with respectable times at best.
My question regarding wheels is with this in mind. I know very little about wheels quite frankly. Iíve been checking them out. I think Iím pretty sure I donít care about tubulars and Iím not sure that carbon fiber wheels are well suited to my budget and purpose. Iím frankly not entirely sure that there is a big point to upgrading for what it might cost. I might see the benefit of better hubs and my Strava segments might improve if I had lighter wheels/bike, but itís not a huge deal. I bought a trainer recently and a spare set of wheels would be really handy for that (using my old wheels).
I obviously need wheels to accommodate disc brakes which probably limits the selection. Are there suggestions based on goals of longer distance riding? Durability, etc. These would be my full time riding wheels I suppose for training and any organized events.