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Zipp 440'sMarketing Dept
Aug 19, 2003 9:10 AM
I have been tempted to bid on some Zipp 440's recently. Do any of you have experience with these?

I know enough to bid only on those with the cassette. I am unfamiliar with the carbon hubs and have heard stories that you need special pads for the braking surface. Any advice?

One more question. Can the hubs be replaced by an LBS or is this a Zipp factory job?
re: Zipp 440'sMShaw
Aug 19, 2003 11:53 AM
Actually, I own a pair of 404s, and a rear 340 track wheel.

If you're getting a screaming enough deal on a FW wheelset, it may make sense to upgrade the hub to a cassette later.

If you can help it, stay away from the rear Zipp small center carbon hubs. They used a bushing to support one end of the freehub (IIRC).

Anyone that can build a wheel can build up a pair of Zipps. I have. They're a major PITA, but it is doable.

If you're going to use the carbon rims, make sure you have new regular pads or go with the carbon specific pads. I use my 404s on the track, except for one road race. The front wheel ate most of my brake pad that day.

re: Zipp 440'sdotkaye
Aug 19, 2003 1:28 PM
I have a 440 front, it is astonishingly light. Zipp recommends either the KoolStop black pads, or their proprietary pads, for the carbon rims. I use the Koolstops, but braking is very noisy, and the rim does eat brake pads. After two time trials and a training ride the pad's about half gone.

Don't know about the hub replacement..