I finally decided to switch over to my new wheelset. I’d been putting it off until I had a decent amount of road time in and the roads were a bit cleaner. Initially I figured around the beginning of April but, in a case of mild enlightenment last night, I made the switch. Man, am I ever glad I did.
Good weather (dry) and a decent distance over a variety of roads made for optimal test conditions. The Neuvations have butterey smooth bearings that seem to roll forever. They have sealed cartridge bearings that will require little to no maintenance. No more repacking hubs! The most noticeable improvement over my old Bontragers was improved lateral stiffness. Cornering is absolutely sublime on these new rollers. They go where you point and no corrections are necessary. They also seem to be more vertically compliant. I’m no wheel expert but I do know they feel much better than my old wheels over crappy roads; same tires and same pressure. All that and they look pretty bitchin’ too! Durability is the only remaining factor. Tony and Krista have each put thousands of kilometres on their sets so I doubt I’ll be disappointed.
We rode 124km today and are keeping on track with our training schedule. Lots of flat roads with minimal wind made for a very good time. We’re not super fast yet but our average speed was 27km/h. I don’t think we’ve put those kinds of numbers up this early in a season before. Everyone felt good but we were done at the end. Smoothies, americanos and lentil tacos rounded out the day as I write this with a cold pilsner.
Life is good!