Quick Vaya ENVE 29XC update.
- They’re clearly more aero than regular profile aluminum rims. Clearly. Significant advantage in a headwind.
- The deeper rim section also catches a lot more crosswind. Even in 25mph winds with a light rider, it isn’t scary, but it’s noticeable. I’d say that wearing a Camelbak has more of a sidewind impact, but it cannot be discounted.
- I had previously said that there wasn’t a stiffness difference between these and the Stan’s Crests that I was previously running. I was wrong. The ENVEs give a lot more confidence on fast descents. I had these up to nearly 45mph on the downhills, and they felt palpably stiffer and more responsive than the Crests. Same hub and spokes, so I attribute it to the rims. Steering was right now. Again, very confidence inspiring.
After a few weeks on them, I’m loving them just as I suspected I would. Wheels are the single best upgrade for your bike. ENVEs are the best wheels for that upgrade.