I am considering upgrading the wheelset on my Cannondale Supersix EVO (currently Mavic Ksyrium SLs) to a set of carbon clinchers. In the research I have done so far, both the Reynolds 46s and the Reynolds Assaults receive positive press, but I was wondering what the major difference between the two sets is. I can see that the 46s are slightly lighter, have better hubs and bladed spokes, as well the Swirl Lip Generator. My question is, do these upgrades make enough of a difference to the average rider to warrant the huge hike in price? Is anybody who has ridden both able to make a recommendation?
Currently I ride as part of a fairly competitive group in the south of England (rolling hills and short, sharp climbs being the predominant terrain), and have raced for several years at a decent level. I intend to return to racing in the UK this winter, building toward next season, and want the wheels to do it. I will be using the wheels for training as well as racing, and so value the ability to change a tube on the road, rather than glue a tubular.
Any help would be great, thanks,