Mavic KYSRIUM SSC SSL
If you're looking for a secret weapon, your search is over. Mavic's KYSRIUM is so amazing that it easily gives good riders a winning edge. Its features are head and shoulders above the competition, making it a must-have purchase for serious racers. The KYSRIUM SSC SSL excels in its ability to transfer power to the road. Among many reasons why are its advanced Maxtal material, FTS-L integrated wheel mechanism, optimized dish and variable rim height. Lightweight and strong, Mavic's stellar performer retails for $800 as of January 2010 and is often available for less.
Reynolds has redefined tubular bike wheels with the DV3KT. Advanced carbon layup technology and extreme 466 mm rim profile depths take aerodynamics to the limit. Outstanding lateral stiffness delivers immediate acceleration, excellent performance at high speeds, a stable ride and responsive handling. Reynolds' vibration management system reduces rider fatigue while increasing overall comfort. You'll find the DV3KT at prices ranging from $950 to $2,300.
Lew Racing Pro VT-1
At 850 g, the Pro VT-1 is the world's lightest set of wheels. Its designer, Paul Lew, also builds UAVs for the department of defense so he knows how to get the most from composite materials. The Pro VT-1 uses carbon fiber and boron to shed weight without compromising strength and its three-flange hub maximizes power transfer to the rim and road. While very efficient, these wheels react so quickly to rider input that they feel unstable to first time riders. If you're able and willing to fork out $6,000 for the lightest wheels on earth, the buck stops here.
The 303's aluminum clincher rim makes it a top choice on the racing circuit. It has a 44 mm rim profile depth for excellent aerodynamics, and its durability smokes the competition. This gives riders who race steep grades and rough road surfaces the confidence to do whatever's needed to get the win. If you can manage Zipp's $2,300 selling price, you'll get what you paid for.