Yes, the surface finishing is a great benefit. The dry braking is great but wet-weather braking the real benefit and is MUCH better than regular alloy rims. Mine are just now showing signs of wear after three years. None of the circumferential grooves that you get on regular rims, either. They are still perfectly flat. And the hard green brake pads last "for ever". It's quite unbelievable.frenchfry said:I am really happy with my exalith rims, braking is great and no rim wear after 30,000 km as a bonus.