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Will Zipp 303's make me "faster"?(4 posts)

Will Zipp 303's make me "faster"?MCJ
May 7, 2003 8:08 AM
I have been debating upgrading my Vector Pro (clincher) wheelset to the 303's for the sole purpose of improving performance during fast group rides/races (25 mph average). Will I notice a significant difference? The weight difference is huge, in the order of 650 grams and probably 500 grams alone would be rotating weight. I hate to try and buy performance but I just have to think this wheelset would make it easier to bridge gaps, sprint, make a break, etc. Any similar experiences with this upgrade?
Sure a little but...the bull
May 7, 2003 8:41 AM
There not going to keep you from getting dropped if thats what you mean.
If you cant do it on the Rolfs the Zipps aint gonna help ya!
agreeDougSloan
May 7, 2003 9:44 AM
Let's say you are climbing steep hill, and you get dropped 500 feet up the hill using your "old" wheels. Your heart rate is at 98%, maybe 180.

You put on Zipp tubulars and lightweight tires. Now, you'll hang on to maybe 510 feet, and still get dropped at 98% heart rate, suffering just like before.

That's about what difference you can expect.

Nonetheless, they look cool, feel better when accellerating, and won't make you any slower.

Doug
personal experience: yes, but not a whole lotweiwentg
May 8, 2003 3:59 AM
got mine cheap. still not sure if it's worth the hassle. they are nice wheels, but in the end it's the motor.