I’m not even quite sure what compliant means from a riding perspective, which is why I put it in quotes. I’m looking at a new wheelset for my FS Epic and have my eyes on either a lightweight e*thirteen xcx 24mm wheelset (1350gr) or the “compliant” Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT Carbon (1554gr). My race plans include PCP2P (if it happens this year), Leadville next year and got my eye on the Breck Epic and other MTB marathons/stage races in the future. Given my race tendencies (lots of hills in my future), I’m leaning towards lightweight buuut I know if I have a solid set of wheels that can help in descending, cornering and offer a better ride, then that will lead to a potentially faster time as well.
If anyone has any experience with either wheelset, please share. I’ve read reviews but don’t find them to be too helpful. Thanks!