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ZIPP WHEELS?(11 posts)

ZIPP WHEELS?mdooley0
Feb 5, 2002 2:56 PM
I weight 195lbs. Will zipp 404's hold up under the weight?

Thanks, Mark
Feb 5, 2002 4:23 PM
Feb 6, 2002 12:14 AM

We abide.

Remain In Light.
I'm 195lbs, No prob with my 404's. nm.NYCyclist
Feb 6, 2002 5:33 AM
How about Zipp 303's, will they hold up equally as wellConcordia
Feb 6, 2002 5:37 AM
compared with the 404's for a rider in the 180lb range who doesa lot of out of the saddle climbing?
I have the 303sbiknben
Feb 6, 2002 6:46 AM
I weigh in at 160#s and the 303s do flex under hard efforts. Sprints and out-of-the-saddle climbs will cause them to flex a bit. By flex I mean that you will have to get used to keeping your brakes a little wider with the 303s.

All told, the Zipps are the best upgrade I ever made. The flex is not an issue for me when I consider the low weight and aero benefits.

If you're still really concerned about it just go with the 404s. They are stronger wheels. They have an even greater aero advantage with only a small weight penalty (compared to the 303s).
303s not UCI legal (nm)eD lOVER
Feb 6, 2002 8:09 AM
UCI rulesDog
Feb 6, 2002 3:40 PM
As of now, the 303 tubulars are legal. Not that it matters to any of us who are not pros...

UCI Rules - 2002:
Non-standard wheels in conformity with article 1.3.018:
Ambrosio Onda
Ambrosio X Carbo

NEUTRON Clincher

Cosmic Carbone SSC
Ksyrium SSC
Ksyrium SSC SL

WH - 7700 Tubular
WH - 7700 Carbon
WH - 7700
WH - 6500
WH - R535
WH - 7701

Spinergy SRX (2B02)
Spinergy SR3 (2S02)
Spinergy X AERO (PRI-FC-111)
Spinergy X AERO LITE (2L02)

Bontrager X-Lite Tubular
Bontrager X-Lite Clincher
Bontrager Race Lite Tubular
Bontrager Race Lite Clincher
Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon

ZIPP Speed Weaponry:
ZIPP 404 Tubular
ZIPP 303 Tubular
ZIPP 404 Clincher

article 1.3.018:
Wheels of the bicycle may vary in diameter between 70 cm maximum and 55 cm minimum, including the tyre. For the cyclo-cross bicycle the width of the tyre shall not exceed 35 mm and it may not incorporate any form of spike or stud.
For massed start road races only wheel designs granted prior approval by the UCI may be used. In order to be granted approval wheels must have passed a rupture test as prescribed by the UCI in a laboratory approved by the UCI. The test results must show that the rupture characteristics obtained are compatible with those resulting from an impact sustained during normal use of the wheel. The following criteria must be fulfilled:
On impact, no element of the wheel may become detached and be expelled outwards.
The rupture must not present any shattered or broken off elements, or any sharp or serrated surfaces that could harm the user, other riders and/or spectators.
The rupture characteristics must not cause the hub to become separated from the rim in such a way that the wheel becomes detached from the forks.
Without prejudice to the tests imposed by the laws, regulations or customs, standard (traditional) wheels are exempted from the rupture test referred to above. A traditional wheel is deemed to be a wheel with at least 16 metal spokes; the spokes may be round, flat or oval, provided that no dimension of their cross sections exceeds 2.4 mm; the section of the rim must not exceed 2.5 cm on each side.
Notwithstanding this article, the choice and use of wheels remains subject to articles 1.3.001 a 1.3.003. (Article applicable as from 1 January 2002).
for Racing yes--for all around no (nm)eD lOVER
Feb 6, 2002 8:09 AM
2,500 miles and still true...biknben
Feb 6, 2002 9:15 AM
Had no trouble training on my Zipps. I only took them off for foul weather or winter riding.

Just because they are such good wheels doesn't mean they can't be riden full-time.

As far as them being UCI legal, I've never heard they weren't. I don't have any UCI events on my schedule to worry about anyway.
you'd be better offeD lOVER
Feb 6, 2002 9:44 AM
riding some heavy wheels--like 36 spokers for training. Then when you race you'd really take off.