Novatec Jetfly Clincher Wheelset - Shimano
Novatec Jetfly Clincher Wheelset - Shimano Customer Reviews
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I'm pleased so far4
I have ridden about 650 miles on these wheels in the three-plus weeks I've had them. I guess I've put them through the paces: A 200-mile ride and a 100-mile ride, both with lots of climbing and descending, and several fast, flat rides in the 30-50 mile range. I haven't found anything to complain about yet. I spent a lot of time going back and forth between these wheels, Fulcrum Racing 3s, Campy Zondas, and Mavic Ksyrium Elites. I finally went with these as they are lighter than all the others (~1550g, including the skewers and rim tape, by my scale) and were on sale the week I finally decided to take the plunge. So far I have been pleased with the performance, though my only point of comparison is the 15-year-old Ritchey Pro wheel set that came with my bike. (These are about 400g lighter than my old wheels.) Maybe if I had more experience with other wheels I could give these five stars, but I don't. I haven't had to touch the wheels other than to change a flat; they remain as true as they were when I pulled them out of the box. They are stiffer than my old wheels, so I feel the road more, but they aren't so stiff that riding over the old, rough tarmac in the hills around here becomes painful. They are also more aero than my old wheels and have better bearings, so the wheels seem to spin a lot longer with less effort. The rear hub seems to engage quickly, too, so it feels like there's less wasted motion. All this means that I am now finding it easier to stay with the fast crowd on my weekly club hammerfest whereas I was struggling (and failing) to hang on the back before. I suppose it's a little easier going up hills because of the weight reduction, but I can't say that I have noticed a big difference there. When going up really steep climbs (>10%), I have heard a little rubbing on the rear break pad, but only when I am standing and putting in some heavy torques. (I weigh about 160lbs, if that provides context for you.) Since the wheels hold speed well, I also find don't have to put as much effort in on the descents to keep my speed up when the road begins to flatten out. Other potential points of interest: (1) The rear hub makes a mid-range noise as you coast. It's not as loud as some hubs on my club rides, but it's louder than others. I don't really care, but I know some people do. (2) The wheels came tubeless ready out of the box, with tubeless rim tape and valves pre-installed. I'm not running them as such, but maybe you're thinking about it. (3) They also came with extra spokes and nipples in case one (or up to three) break. (4) The wheels follow the current trend toward wider rims, so if I ever want to move from my 23c tires up to 25c I know they can handle it.Report this review