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Zipp 380 carbon rims(4 posts)

Zipp 380 carbon rimsCyclorocket
Oct 22, 2001 7:39 AM
Are they reliable?
I heard horror stories about carbon rims (Zipp) destroying themselves just by breaking!
Who much spoke tension can it take?
do a 20 bladed spoke front wheel be enough to support 160lbs(with bike) ???

re: Zipp 380 carbon rimsmackgoo
Oct 22, 2001 2:44 PM
I have an old pair of 440's and these things appear to be indestructable.The only caution I would say is the 440's are a 58mm V and it's getting pretty windy here now in the North East. When the winds get up to 20 mph or so the wheels do noticebly catch cross winds.
Everybody understand was taking about Zipp 280'sCyclorocket
Oct 22, 2001 5:50 PM
Zipp 280 rimsgimondi
Oct 25, 2001 7:55 PM
I personally, and my shop have had very good luck with the 303 wheels and 280 rims. Of about 30 pair sold, plus my personal race wheels, we have yet to have a complaint, much less a problem. Read the reviews on this site, they are pretty much all 'i crashed 12 times and they are still true', and one guy saying 'i hit a ripple in the rode and they exploded'. sounds like a JRA (just riding along for you non bikeshop guys) story to me, they all begin that way, 'i was just riding along on the most glass-like smooth pavement and my Merlin frame just bent itself and the crankset broke, I don't know what happened...'

anyway, I would not hesitate to go witht the Zipp's, but 404's may be a better wheel if you want to go real fast, or do any TT's, if not, go with 303's (280 rims) and you will be VERY happy, no worries mate.