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I've had enough of my Bontrager xlites which I've had nothing but probs with, but not sure what to get next. I do very little TT or road racing but do allot of long rides with mates and enjoy having good bike bits! Interested in what carbon wheels are like vs top normal ones - can anyone advise what the pros and cons of the below are?

Mavic Ksyrium ES Clincher (the safe choice I would guess)
Vuelta Carbon Pro (not sure if carbon wheels are ok for day in day out 100+ road riding?)

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Neuvation! has a review of them best value out there these days.
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I would recommend HED Jet 50's, I think they retail for $995 for clinchers

Here are cyclingnews comments on the Vuelta carbon pro's, not sure if they're the same model you looking at.
"Our E1 came fitted with a Vuelta Carbon Pro wheelset. Vuelta is an Italian wheel maker with a modest but growing presence in Europe and beyond. The Carbon Pro has a medium profile clincher rim (just under 40mm), constructed from carbon fibre with alloy outer walls and braking surfaces. The rear wheel has 16 fat, bladed spokes which are conventionally laced, and the front has 12 radial spokes. These Alpina spokes incorporate a patented alloy thread locking system to maintain spoke tension, and can be tightened in situ. The wheelset weighs a claimed 1730 grams, which is pretty reasonable for wheels with this depth of profile.

On the road, the Carbon Pros had amazing top end performance and a Ksyrium-esque feel to them. They were plenty stiff under load, with reasonable ride quality. My only complaint was the slightly uneven braking surface of the rear rim, which caused somewhat irregular braking. The front wheel also rattled a little when I was out of the saddle and applying increased weight to it. The good news however was that these wheels have remained true over two months of testing, which is reassuring for carbon fibre clinchers."

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