I upgraded the poor stock wheels that came with my CAAD 10 race bike to DuraAce C24-CL wheels.
These have as shallow rims as the stock one but weigh 500g less.
The change in handling is huge, and the bike feels way faster in climbs or flat, or in starting.
So from my point of view, it is really just the weight that changed (possibly better bearings in the hubs?) everything.
Now I wonder, when I look at most wheelsets with deep rims, those often start at 1500g and are sometimes as heavy as 1900g and still being considered top notch wheels.
There has to be something about that rim height I am missing.
Could someone explain what really rim depth changes?
From my research, shallow rims work well in climbs, when there is little or no crosswind and with many restarts, many directions changes while deep work on windless long straight flat roads.
But won't that extra weight be a handicap either way?
I understand why crosswind is deep rims' enemy so I understand why no wind is ok to ride deep rims, but what is the real advantadge about deep rims? why should one consider them against shallow rims?
Also, what is the deal with carbon and the overall rigidity of a wheel? I hear everywhere about wheelsets being or not extra rigid, but what is the effect on the ride?