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Zipp 404 - 1999 vs. 2001(5 posts)

Zipp 404 - 1999 vs. 2001SWMBKRN
Mar 31, 2001 9:03 PM
Given a choice of 1999 at $650 (250 miles on 'em, includes tubies and Dura Ace cassette)or new, what would the choice be?
re: Zipp 404 - 1999 vs. 2001biknben
Apr 1, 2001 5:01 AM
Zipp has made a bunch of changes in the last two years. The 404 are considerably lighter and they added a ceramic braking surface this year also. I have been torn over 2000 303s at $600 vs. the 2001s at $900. I'm probably going with the newer stuff.

That said, $650 for the wheels, tires, cassette is hard to pass up.

If you haven't already, chech out: http://www.zipp.com/wheelsets_404.html
re: Zipp 404 - 1999 vs. 2001slbenz
Apr 1, 2001 7:00 AM
Your 1999 deal as biknben as said is hard to pass up. I recently purchased the 2001 Zipp 404 Shimano tubulars from Charlie Weisel at Empirebicycles.com for $791.00 which included the shipping charges. These wheels are great! Just finished a metric century with them yesterday and they made me feel like I was flying. Excellent for climbing, fast on the flats, crosswinds weren't a problem and stable on the downhills. Also, because of the ceramic brake coating, they stop on a dime. I noticed on climbs out of the saddle that these wheels are stiffer than my previous wheel, Rolf Vector Comp. Also, according to the Zipp website, the 2001 is over a half pound lighter and 7% stiffer than the previous model. Mine weighed in at the advertised weight of 1348 grams. Definitely intimidating to my riding buddies. I probably made it tougher for you to decide but just wanted to share my experience with the 2001 model with you.
re: Zipp 404 - 1999 vs. 2001swmbkrn
Apr 1, 2001 9:54 AM
Thanks to both of your thoughts. This is a tough decision. I'll let you know the outcome. I want to save cash, but not at the expense of a bad deal...
Is that price that good?Gary
Apr 2, 2001 10:37 PM
I think your price for the 1999 set is decent...but maybe not a great price (for the buyer).

See the section on Hot Deals...there's another gentleman that posted a transaction he made through empirebicycles for a new set of 404's for $775 I believe. Of course, that is without a cassette, but they were new.

I recently purchased a set of 440s minus skewers and cassette which have been used I would estimate 1,000 miles for $425 off of Ebay. And I've purchased a 9 speed D-A cassette off of Performance for $59 when I was lucky enough to catch it on sale.

Good Luck!