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Zipp 303 reliability question(4 posts)

Zipp 303 reliability questionlegs
Jan 10, 2003 1:29 PM
Are Zipp 303 tubulars as prone to problems as they were in the past (alignment and braking surface stuff) or have they improved over the last few seasons?
(please answer from first hand experience.. not interested in what your buddy says or what you have gathered from reading copy)
re: Zipp 303 reliability questionCARBON110
Jan 10, 2003 3:11 PM
Well here is some fact: Cane creek has been using Zipp rims for several years. This year though they changed to LEW rims making the wheels more pricey but lighter and more reliable. They reason they changed... they had too many returns of wheels this year ( tubular ) due to Zipp rims cracking. Some of the rims actually arrived at the factory already cracked which was odd. On the other hand, 2003 is supposed to a banner year for Zipp wheels and i would recommend, despite my own experience, buying NEW 2003 wheels direct from Zipp. I have faith they repaired the problems but it took a to long and did damage to their name in the industry. Other then 2003 when they changed the rim to a lighter rim, the wheelsbefore were more heavy but more durable and there is always a small % of product that goe bad due to error.
re: Zipp 303 reliability questionlegs
Jan 10, 2003 8:58 PM
re: Zipp 303 reliability questionjuansevo
Mar 19, 2003 11:27 PM
We can rebuild your zipp hubs to LEW rims! Also
still have a few of the old LEW wheels for sale.

Palermo rims w/edco hubs. $750

Sydney rims (just a few left) built to edco hubs. $1299

Also a few 28 hole rims available for custom builds(Good for tandems and riders over 250lbs). Palermo and Sydney rims available for custom builds as well, however expect to pay more than the sale price listed above....yet less than you would for a new set.

We're also the only place in the country currently doing rebuilds/truing for old LEW wheelsets since LEW sold out. Being a former LEW employee I've been approached by many of our old customers to do rebuilds/truing. Nothing is spared and we use digital tensiometers (even orginal LEW wheels were not built with them), Park Pro stands, run out gauges, and custom precision tools. Quality you'll find is top notch and customer service rivals anyone in the industry.

If you have a set of LEW wheels and you'd like new hubs, new spokes, or simply a thorough truing please feel free to contact us. We can also rebuild other high tension/low spoke count wheels such as HED, Zipp, Reynolds, and so forth. You want bladed spokes? Done. You want Black CX-Ray spokes? Done. Edco Olympic, White Industries, or American Classic Hubs? Done. Locking DT nipples? Done.

Questions? Don't hesitate to call.


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