I'm blessed/cursed with the ability to toil away in the basement on the
trainer. It's not fun. Not even type 2 fun. I started riding on Dec. 27, after
realizing that I was still packing weight from x-mas 2015. The same day, I
started using The Great Satan, also known as the My Fitness Pal app. Those
measures, plus a couple of fatbike rides each week, have been effective. I
wish I could just ride more and not track what I'm eating, but down that path
lies delicious ruin, smothered in aged cheddar with a side of onion rings.
I can't explain vertical compliance better than these guys:
"The short answer is no, you will not be able to tell any difference in
vertical compliance between a carbon wheel and an aluminum wheel. In short,
changes in vertical compliance between two wheel setups can be contributed to
other factors like tire volume, tire casing, tire pressure, frame flex,
handlebar flex etc., not the wheel setups. No spoked bicycle wheel, even
super-light alloy wheels with thin gauge spokes, have enough vertical
compliance for you to feel a difference."
That has been my experience as well. The LB 33s I built up 3 years ago have
handily survived several rebuilds due to busted spokes, nipples [!] and a rear
hub implosion. For stiffness and resistance to damage, I'd put them ahead of
Mavic 823, less ~200g per rim. The 38s on my DH bike have held up far better
than the Sun i29 [flat-spot-prone] wheels they replaced.
Any chance of a comparison between these hoops and product from the opposite
ends of the spectrum? I'm thinking Enve [almost $1000 USD per rim] at one end,
and ubiquitous Chinese carbon [Nextie, Light-Bicycle, etc. at under $200 USD
per rim]. Not a shootout per se, but more like real vs advertised weights,
"this one feels flexy", that sort of thing.