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2003 Zipp 303 tubulars for training and racing?(8 posts)

2003 Zipp 303 tubulars for training and racing?altidude
Sep 20, 2003 4:40 PM
Are the 2003 Zipp 303 tubular wheelsets sturdy enough for both everyday training and racing for a 170 lb rider?

How do these wheels compare with Campy's Hyperons or other high end tubular wheelsets for durability and dependability? I have heard that Zipp has had many problems with both their rims, hubs and the method by which spokes are nippled into their rims, are these stories true? Do they have a good history of being durable or are the very fragile?
re: 2003 Zipp 303 tubulars for training and racing?slowmo1829
Sep 20, 2003 5:13 PM
I have two buddies that have the 303's both clichers,they have been in the shop more than on the bike.Spokes have pulled out of the rim. at least 4 times on each set.Good luck on a wheelset.
re: 2003 Zipp 303 tubulars for training and racing?Grand Strand Cyclists
Sep 21, 2003 2:28 AM
The Zipp 303's are great wheels but for only limited useage. I would only recommend them if you intend to use them for racing.

I agree with the previous reply, as I too had a set of 303's that were at Zipp more then on the road. Therefore, I sold them and went back to my Mavic's.
They are good wheelsSynchronicity
Sep 21, 2003 7:13 PM
I have the 2001 model, tubulars. The spoke holes are not drilled at an angle, so the spokes tend to bend rather a lot coming from the hub & going to the rim perpendicular to it.

When I bought them, the spoke tension was too low on the rear, non-drive-side & consequently I broke one spoke - so they had to be re-tensioned. No problems since then.

I have used them for everyday riding (while by training wheels were being fixed up - it took ages) with no problems. The front is slightly out of true after about 2000miles.

But these are the lightest wheels out there, pretty much, so naturally they won't be as durable as a heavier wheelset.
They are good wheelsaltidude
Sep 21, 2003 7:51 PM
How much do you weigh?
They are good wheelsSynchronicity
Sep 24, 2003 11:44 PM
65kg (143lb)
Sep 23, 2003 8:55 PM
I use the Zipp's (303's and 404's) on my 29" mtb and 29" single speed, as well as on my road bike. Granted they are clinchers not tubies, but the construction is identical in the sidewalls and at the spoke bed.

On the three wheelsets I have a combined 9000 miles this season (and part of last) and I have broken one spoke. That spoke broke about 1000 miles into a loaded mtb tour, and the wheels already had 4000+ miles on them. That was in July--no problems since.

I think that not only are they (404's moreso than 303's) the most comfortable ride of any of the wheels (road, mtb, or otherwise) out there, they are also among the most durable.


Sep 24, 2003 4:20 AM
Who made your frame, it's pretty sweet looking?