Ask and ye shall receive. Bid Daddy Diesel over at Tri Diesel asked for me to review my hot new wheels, so check it out.
When I was bike shopping, I made the choice to go with the Felt B16 with Shimano 105 components instead of the Felt B12 with Dura Ace components and put the money I saved on the bike purchase towards a set of "race" and training wheels.
I put race in quotes because I am not sure if hard core cyclists consider these race wheels, but I chose these wheels for the following reasons:
1. Limited selection of 650c wheels. Seriously limited. I was not prepared to spend the cash needed to get Zipps and most of the wheel manufacturers no longer make a 650c option. These were one of the few options I could afford. I wanted the wheels for my upcoming race so I didn't have time to stalk the used market.
2. Reviews. Overall, great reviews on Road Bike Review.
3. Price. While the website shows the retail price as $1200, you can get the wheels new in the original box on eBay for $700 shipped for the set.
4. Overall improvement. For the price, the wheels are lighter and more aero than my stock wheels.
My thoughts post purchase:
The wheels ride like a dream! The wheels create a very smooth, stiff ride and they accelerate quickly and hold speed well. I have no basis for comparison because I have never ridden Zipps, but I could tell an immediate difference to my stock wheels. They absorb road shock well, which makes a big difference on long rides. I have seen a .5 mph+ improvement in my mph average over long rides (80 - 110 mile rides) using these wheels.
I have not done any climbing in these wheels so I can't speak to their climbing or descending attributes.
There are lighter and faster race wheels out there, but not much, if anything else, new in this price range.
Overall rating: Very satisfied.