I disagree here… not for good reasons though…
- Looks - Aero spokes look way cooler because they have more flat surface. Just more light collecting area. That 2.2mm of surface is going to show way more than the 1.8mm of round spoke. The difference as you move and it changes shape adds a lot more “drama” the the look.
- (theoretical) Durability - No good data… but a CX-Ray is about 3x more durable in the same setting as a Race ( https://dcrwheels.co.uk/custom-wheelsets/choosing-spokes-advice/ ) because the center section is ‘work hardened’ - the micro imperfections in the steel have been banged out of it and ‘welded’ back together. However they use the same non-butted head/thread sections, so they’ll just break there.
- Aero - they are ever so slightly more aero in real world conditions (sub 1w at high speeds). The rectangular Pillar less so than the oval Sapim CX-Ray / DT Swiss aero spokes, especially in indirect winds.
@ rkoswald If you get the pillar spokes, again the finish isn’t nearly as even on them and it’s not as smooth. It tends to hold oils, which you can see. Maybe put some carwax on them, so they get an even coat of oil/wax right away and look nice.
Also, I don’t know if I recommended the “Satin” finish, but you can request it post-order when they follow up with you. It looks a lot nicer than either the matte or gloss finishes - kinda like the current Enve finishes… kind of a ‘dry’ clean car vs something waxed polished to the n-th degree.