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Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?(5 posts)

Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?Shylock
Sep 22, 2001 6:33 AM
Well, I guess I'm a lucky guy...maybe. A friend of mine has offered me a brand new pair of Zipp 303s at ther wholesale price.Of course, they are tubulars so I would be investing in new tires as well. Am I looking for trouble going with tubulars? Are the Zipps as stiff as I
I've been told? (I have a very light Record/REvo/op wheelset, but tthe flex is getting on my nerves)

Feel the gin
re: Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?Akirasho
Sep 22, 2001 10:51 AM
... If they were your primary wheelset, I'd probably say no, however, as a specialty/raceday or wow factor wheelset... yknot.

The risks with tubulars have been well documented on this site... and I'm sure you've read them. It basically boild down to what you want your cycling experience to be. There's more to cycling than one type of bike... one type of wheelset... one type of terrain and/or venue. If you've never tried tubulars, this might be a time and way to expand your personal knowledgebase and experiences.

I have no first hand experience with the 303's (currently riding the 404 clincher version with Tufo tubular clinchers... and HED Stinger deep tubular wheels) but if I were a few pounds lighter, I might have opted for them myself.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?mackgoo
Sep 22, 2001 1:28 PM
I have 440 tubs that are 5years old that I use every day. THese are excellent wheels and beautiful also. The tubular tire thing is great too. I personally don't see me going back to clinchers. Personally I think the pro/con arguments that you see aren't a hill of beans. Check out this place fore tub's. If the page flakes out hit your stop button on your browser. Call Zipp and tell them how you want to use their wheels and get their opinion. They are very helpfull.
re: Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?jefskl
Sep 24, 2001 5:14 PM
Great deal, if you ask me!

I would probably use the 303's for racing and get myself another beefier set for training/normal riding. In fact, that's about what i'm doing now, only the other way around. I have a Zip 303 front and am looking for a rear for racing; meanwhile, I'm riding Mavic CXP 30 tubies for everyday use, and I love 'em. They are a bit heavier than the Zipps, but considering that I'm riding Colnago steel, I'll take the weight gain and consider the whole package as weight training. The Zipps will go on a future Ti bike that I'm putting together for racing.

This garbage about tubies not being for the "ordinary" rider is JUST THAT - Garbage!

I have found them to be less prone to flatting, better riding, easier to maintain and change, and just plain outstanding in every way since I switched from clinchers.

I ride Conti Sprinters at 130 psi. They are rated at 170, but I don't pump them up any more than that because at 130, they are more than hard enough to resist deflection for my weight, and at 40 pounds less than rated, they hardly notice they're being ridden.

'nough said!
re: Zipp 303 Tubulars! Do I dare?mmaggi
Sep 26, 2001 6:39 AM
The question is not whether you should ride tubulars or not. That's up to the individual. Nowadays the difference between a good clincher wheelset vs tubular wheelsets is negligible.

The question is how will you use the Zipp 303 wheelset. Of course Zipp will tell you it's an everyday wheelset as well as a race day wheelset. They want to make as many sales as possible.

IMO, Zipp tubulars are racing wheelsets. The 2001, 303s weigh in at 1209g for the wheelset! What does that say? Of course you could use them as an everyday set, but it defeats the purpose to train. You train on heavier wheels and race on lighter ones.

If you don't race and just love the way they look, then knock yourself out and buy'em! You're getting them at cost (probably $450) anyway.

Bear in mind that it's a very light, 100% carbon fiber rim wit low spoke counts and that it won't be too kind to those riders who weigh more than 180lbs.

BTW... 3 gentlemen I ride with use Zipp 303s and all of them DON'T race. To each their own. God Bless them. I wish I could do the same.