After several years riding road and xc I've decided to build up a cyclocross project bike with an eye on competing in the winter CX season. The one equipment choice I'm trying to finalize is the best wheel system (tire, rim, spokes, hub) for a performance oriented setup (race worthy + everyday practical). One point that comes up again and again on this topic is the benefit of running low psi to improve traction. And that leaves two primary options - tubulars or a Stan's clincher conversion.
I have first-hand experience running tubulars on the road and know that their flat resistance and road feel are unmatched relative to clinchers. I'm also comfortable with the practical realities of living with them and have spent my share of time stripping old glue and paying for the services of tirealert.com (I draw the line at re-stitching casings).
I've also put many miles on my xc rig throughout the Santa Monica mountains and I'm a firm believer in UST/tubeless technology on the trail. Running 28psi enables the combination of traction, momentum, and maneuverability I need to negotiate technical singletrack.
The Raven looks like an intriguing product and I'm very interested to learn how the tires perform in combination with a set of Stan's ZTR 355 29er rims (and maybe a set of DT Swiss 240 hubs? :). Stan's produces quality products, but I've come across a few isolated rider postings describing bead blow-outs with Stan's clincher conversions in CX applications. Look forward to reading your review online in the near future.