The Vaytanium just got an upgrade.
I’ll have full weights and details in the next few days. I’m still (very happily) running my 38c Bontrager CX0 team issue tires. As per my normal practice, these are DT240 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, with ENVE nipples, built by Chad at North Central Cyclery.
I threw them on the Vaya Wednesday afternoon, in anticipation of the group ride that night. 27 miles Wednesday, and 50 miles yesterday lead me to some preliminary conclusions:
1. On pavement, I cannot tell a difference between the Stans Crest and the ENVEs, in terms of ride quality.
2. On gravel, I am pretty solidly convinced that if you blindfolded me and had me ride them back to back, I could discern between the Crests and the ENVEs–partly from the noise, and partly from the ride quality differences. The difference is subtle, but palpable. It certanly isn’t anything like the huge jump from my old wheelset (Chris King hubs, stainless spokes, Velocity A23s, tubed) to the Crests.
3. I can’t tell if this is real or not, but I feel like there’s a bit of a change in the aerodynamics of the wheels These are not really an aero profile, but they feel faster at higher speeds, as compared to the Crests. Truth be told, some of that may be attributable to the feeling of spending a lot more time on the Vaya of late, after a winter of fat biking…but I made a transition directly from Crest to ENVE, and I feel a difference above 20mph.
4. I’ll have full weights and such later, but of note, there’s not really a weight advantage on the ENVE 29XC clinchers, compared to the Crests. Both are stupid-light.
5. Why the Penultimate Vaya? Because it’s still waiting on hydraulic disc brakes. The Ultimate Vaytanium will be this bike, plus SRAM Red 22 with full hydros. Oh please oh please oh please.