Sorry if this question has been asked before. I don't visit this forum very often.
I'm a weekend fitness rider who never races. I've been using non-aero metal wheelsets all my life. A lot of my bike buddies have suggested aero wheels for faster organized group rides. It seems that 40~45mm aero clincher wheels are the best all around choices. There're difference between full carbon rims and carbon rims with alloy brake surfaces. Full carbon ones are lighter, the half/half ones can use conventional brake pads. I like the conventional brake pads because I like the flexibility to switch to other metal wheels I have, but sub 1500g weight on the full carbon clinchers are very tempting. I think $1200 is about the max I want to spend on a set of aero wheels.
My current bike set up is a 2008 Specialized Roubaix with D/A 7800 groups. I intend to keep using them because they have been serving me very well. So the new wheels will need to work with my old 10spd set up.
There are so many wheel manufacturers out there. Can anyone suggest a few best buys?