Strengths: [This review is actually for the System 58 carbon clinchers]
Attractive... If you like huge and numerous decals.
The carbon rims appeared to be okay.
Weaknesses: The Williams proprietary hubs are garbage.
Bearings are bad... I mean REALLY bad.
Right out of the box the front wheel needed truing at the local bike shop.
During rides a really weird noise developed... I was informed that this was the pawls sticking.
Had five pro bike mechanics inspect these wheels to determine cause of noise and other manufacturing-related issues. All confirmed that there was a serious problem.
Yes, I know... that can happen with any product. Especially Asian made stuff ... But still, this web page is for reviews of this particular item and that's what I'm providing.
Read all the luminous reviews prior to purchasing. But am very disappointed.
Customer service was / is outstanding, in the sense that the owner Keith Williams responds quickly and personally. He is very helpful, accessible, communicative as is their in-house mechanic.
I am considering returning these for a full refund.
I purchased through Amazon - and Amazon has a really good return policy.
There is really no significant advantage to getting Williams carbon wheels as opposed to getting the really cheap eBay Chinese carbon clinchers.
Williams carbon wheels are built either in Taiwan or China anyway, so what's the point ?
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2013
Strengths: Excellent balance, strength and roll.
Weaknesses: None so far
I've had these wheels for a month now and I've put them through hell. They bounce back like a good rubber band and haven't had any problems at all. True as the day they came out of the box.
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012
Strengths: Strong as all get out, hybrid ceramic hubs, carbon rims with basalt braking surface. Came with the brakes pads. Nice build with the Powertap.
I got these after I was smashed a few times by cars and my HEDs went bye bye forever. I demo'd the ZIPPs and no doubt they are nice wheels, but with a premium I don't see.
I got the Williams 58 clincher with the SL+ Powertap. I slam in 1500 watts sprints and not a "tink" "ping" or groan from the wheels that is. After over 3k miles, not even a wobble, I have never had them trued, I have the hub serviced once a year, just because and no worries. At 220 after my morning constitutional these wheels have held up amazingly well and they don't need to be "Clydesdale" builds to do so.
Bike Setup: 2009 Felt DA, Dura-Ace, Vulka bars, Williams 58s with SL+ PT, Simkin Brakes
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2012
Strengths: Price, noticeably aero, 2 sets of brake pads included, easily serviced, graphics look good, as light or lighter than competitors with similar wheel size (for a clincher).
Weaknesses: Maybe a little flexy (for bigger riders)????
I purchased the 38 clinchers in April 2011. I had plenty of time to do research with a broken leg from skiing. Looking at several independent manufacturers and bike wholesale websites, these appeared to be the best $ per gram for an aero carbon clincher. Reviews also seemed favorable. I rode these all summer in group rides, on chip and seal roads, hit several pot holes and railroad tracks, and managed to get my fitness back enough to race them in August. These are my favorite wheelset! I have a lighter alloy clincher set (Rolf Prima Elan Aero- about 1300 grams) and the ride quality of the carbon is extremely noticable. I do not have powerful legs for time trialing but I was surprised at the aero advantage even in group rides. I was easily outcoasting even the heavy riders in our group. Their trueness has remained perfect although I am rather light at 5'8" and 155lbs. I do wonder if they might have some flex under a bigger rider as I occassionally have some brake rub when out of my saddle if my brakes aren't centered perfectly. Although this hasn't been much of an issue and I would gladly buy a 2nd set for my other bike when finances allow. I can't justify dropping over two grand for a pair of Zipps. I would say if you are of average build, like to ride hard and occassionally race, and are cost conscious that these wheels would be for you.
Similar Products Used: Mavic Ksyrium SCC SL, Rolf Prima Elan Aero
Bike Setup: Fuji Team Pro with full carbon fork, Dura-Ace and Ultegra drive train w/Sram Red compact crank, Easton EC 70 seatpost, Ritchey aluminum bar and stem, and Williams 38c Carbon Clinchers.
Cannondale R2000, Ultegra drive train w/Dura-Ace cassette and rear deraillier, profile design carbon seat post, 3T aluminum bar and stem, Mavic Ksyrium SCC SL wheelset.
Strengths: They are pretty! Seem to be strong clinchers you can train on. We'll see.
Weaknesses: Came from the vendor with minor tension and trueness issues. Quality control isn't amazing according to the master wheel builder I had look them over before I rode on them.
Bought the Williams 58's (2nd Generation) about 2 weeks ago, and Wow!! I love them so far. Before I road them a mile I had the local bike shop master wheel builder scrutinize them. Perfectionist that he is, he found some minor tension/trueness issues that I believe he tweaked and fixed. I rode them hard (descents, climbs, sprints, hard intervals (tempo flats), hard braking, cornering, etc. for about 30 miles the ohter day and they remain staight as an arrow. Maybe a mm or less out on the front, not to be unexpected. I weight 205 lbs and am hard on wheels. No better tester for these things than me. Weight limit for the set is a claimed 225 lbs. When I am fit, I am sub 200 (low 190's). It is mid-winter here so I can't ride the hell out of them yet. I am looking forward to it however and to training (not just racing) on these wheels. The brakes pads Williams supplies MUST be used or you void your warranty. I didn't see that anywhere on their site. The Wheels do ship with two ocmplete sets of pads. They seem to wear quicker than my Dura-Ace pads did but we'll see what kind of life I get out of them. I didn't feel braking suffered at all, as some reviewers (testrider/peloton magazine, et al) have said. They braked fine for me. I was riding in chilly 47 deg dry conditions. Again, I am recommeding this wheelset to our entire team. At that price (950 bucks, enter coupon code 'cycloclub' at checkout and get 40 dollars off), anyone shopping high end carbon clinchers should consider these things. The reviewers all really really like the 38's but the weight limit on those is 200 lbs, so not for me. Did I mention that these wheels are beautiful??! Wow. The lbs guy thought the hubs might be American Classic. I think they are great so far. The wheels do roll very well. Was using Conti 4000 's mounted to the rims. My overall rating is a 4 because of the issues the local shop found, and due to the sloppy mounting ofthe rim strips which I had to correct to safely mount tires.