Picked up a Bianchi Impulso about four months ago. Its my first time back on a road bike after a 15 year break. I had been doing a lot of commuting over the winter on a heavy (32lb !!) MTB, so was in reasonable shape before getting back to road bikes. Over these few months I made gradual changes to my riding position and changed a few components, saddle, pedals, seat posts and the like, and taking advantage of being able to make small reductions in component weight. Ideally I'd like to see the overall bike weight down around 19lbs or so and am looking at wheel/tyre options. I'm actually quite happy with the factory Reparto Corsa wheels for training rides as they seem to be pretty robust and have stood up to two very big pot-hole impacts (I think I read somewhere that they are rebranded Reddux wheels). Still, it would be good to have some options lined up.
I've heard a lot of people mention wheels like Fulcrum 3, AR30, Campy Scirocco, Mavic Ksyrium Elite . Weight reduction is my goal over an aero wheel, or maybe its possible to have both (I read a review recently of Fulcrum Red Wind wheels that sounded good). Are these wheel options going to show a significant improvement, which is what I am after? Would I get a better performing wheel that maybe sacrifices light weight for better strength? I should maybe mention also that I am fairly light at 145lb but do like to get out of the saddle on the drops and of course put in a good time on ascents. I have some endurance events lined up this year and know what it feels like to show up on race day with inferior kit, but I'm mainly looking to cover fast training rides.