38mm Carbon Clinchers are legit!04/18/2019 ByJim H. I was looking to upgrade my alloy wheels (also purchased from Neugent Cycling in 2009) to a set of carbon wheels. Like any significant purchase (watches, diamond engagement rings, carbon wheels), I spent a lot of time online and in bike shops educating myself. My review focuses on three factors: Price, Service and Performance.
Price & Service: You will be hard pressed to find carbon wheels of this caliber at a competitive price. All name brand wheels are twice the price. I ran across a handful of offers on ebay and Amazon for wheelsets made in China (which I suppose are fine). While the price was about 1/2 as much, I felt the risk was twice as high. Having purchased wheels from Neugent before, I know he stands behind his work and is responsive to customers with any concerns. You can actually speak to the guy who built your wheel. You will have no such luck with wheels bought on Amazon and shipped from China.
Performance: With 3 rides under my belt in the first week, I definitely notice a difference in the bike's performance and my comfort. I ride river roads and some are in poor shape. On my previous tires inflated to 105 psi, I felt every bump. I roll the carbon wheels at about 80-85psi and I feel like I'm riding 29ers on the trails. It's very smooth. It's also pretty windy on the river roads. The 38mm have added at least 1.5mph to my casual riding speed. The wheels are quick off the stop and very responsive.
I could not be happier with these wheels.
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