I’ve been looking for the “best” xc race wheelset. Considering that best is subjective but weighing together all the usual wheel criteria. The Extralite CarboCamber with Berd seems like a step apart on weight and from what I’ve read Berd spokes seem pretty good.
Extralite CarboCamber 3 or 330 with Berd
3 is 27mm internal width
330 is 30mm internal width
€2434, around $2600 at current exchange rate
990g, Extralite guarantees this weight to ±20g
Roval Control SL
29mm internal width
1240g claimed - I haven’t found an actual measured weight
Many other options in the 1100-1300g range. I’ve been comparing overall wheel weight including tire, sealant, cassette, not sure that 200-300g on the wheelset makes much difference, less than 10% overall weight difference for sure. I’m not concerned about carrying weight up hills but rather interested in nimble handling and acceleration in fast technical single-track.
Looking for any advice or experience people have had with these or similar XC wheelsets, especially on the ride feel, durability, whatever else that is harder to quantify.