I have a bike with some really cheap Alex wheels on it. They're constantly going out of balance, followed by loose spokes, and I constantly feel like I'm riding through mud. All in all, I absolutely HATE these wheels. Granted, some of the lack of speed may be the engine and not the wheels, but anything that could help make the ride easier is a plus, right?
There are some fair areas of climbing where I live and I'm about 210 lbs, so I need something strong, but I also want something of a nice upgrade from stock. I want to spend between $400-$500 or so. The #1 wheels I've had my eye on are the Mavic Ksyrium Equipes, but I'm not brand-specific. If there are other wheels out there that are comparable or better for around the same price, I'm game.
Anyway, is a wheel upgrade worth the extra money? While I do ride for fitness (somewhat...), it's more for pleasure. In other words, I'm not going to be racing anytime soon, but I do like to go fast as we all do.
Any suggestions on a good roadie wheelset in my price range?