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Zipp 303 Clincher of Ksyrium SSC?(5 posts)

Zipp 303 Clincher of Ksyrium SSC?SkiWeirdo
Sep 30, 2002 6:55 PM
I'm thinking about getting a new set of wheels. I would be riding and training on them every day and also racing on them come spring, until I get enough money to buy a set of tubulars. I've narrowed my search down to the Zipp 303 clinchers and Ksyriums. I know the Ksyriums are really durable, but the Zipp's are a helluva lot lighter (and better looking IMHO). Can anyone that has the Zipp clinchers attest to their durability? I'm not a heavy guy (155 lbs.) and consider myself a light rider. So for training, and eventually racing, which would you guys suggest?
get the KsDougSloan
Sep 30, 2002 7:17 PM
I have both. The Ksyriums are rock solid. Can you get the SL's?

The Zipps are nice, but nowhere nearly as solid as the Ksyriums. In fact, I'm about to send my Zipps in for warranty. The rear is buldging in places around the aluminum part of the rim, apparently a little weak, which is causing the brake to be really grabby. I've also had a hell of a time keeping the rear wheel true.

The Zipps are light for aero clinchers, but if you plan to ride them every day, I'd highly recommend the Ksyriums instead. I have well over 20,000 miles on Ksyriums, with no problems whatsoever. I'm 155 pounds, and have done training, crits, time trials, road races, double centuries, and a 508 mile race on them. No issues whatsoever.

PuzzledLactate Junkie
Oct 1, 2002 9:23 AM
Do you already have a set of wheels (clinchers)? If so why not go for the tubulars right now, and train on the wheels you already have? I don't think 303 tubulars are any more than the clinchers and I know the Ksyriums are the same price
Just say no to tubularsKerry
Oct 1, 2002 4:11 PM
He didn't ask about tubulars, so you're going to send him down a path best not taken. While you need to go with tubulars to get the absolute lightest version of Zipps, you're gaining a lifestyle, not just wheels. In this day and age, switching to tubulars had better be a very well considered decision, not just a choice made to get a lighter wheel set.

And back to the original question, you'll get the same performance as the MAVICs with a well built Velocity Aerohead/Record or DA wheel at a whole lot lower price. Not nearly so chi-chi, but just as good (maybe better, because they can actually be repaired without a trip to the factory).
trip to factory?DougSloan
Oct 1, 2002 7:29 PM
I ran over a brick or something at 45 mph with my Ksyriums and dented the rim pretty badly. My LBS replaced the rim in one day, reusing the spokes, for about $90 total. That wheel has worked fine for 1 1/2 years since then.