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Why are there so many used Zipp wheels on ebay?(7 posts)

Why are there so many used Zipp wheels on ebay?filtersweep
Apr 20, 2003 8:03 AM
This is somewhat rhetorical, but I am curious: there seem to be an inordinate amount of used Zipps for auction on ebay. Other wheelsets in similar price ranges (Like Mavic Ks, the nicer Campys are mostly new wheelsets).

Are these just "race day" wheels that are now sitting idle?

Or are these a problematic wheel?

Are people somehow upgrading to something better?

Seems they should be reasonably good quality, since the Zipp rims are used for a few other makers... but I am a bit curious- they do not appear to be THAT popular to warrant these many auctions...

Anyone SOLD a pair of Zipps (and why) ?
People get sick of crosswind sensitivity? (nm)Kerry
Apr 20, 2003 1:19 PM
Doesn't seem like a lot...biknben
Apr 20, 2003 5:16 PM
There weren't that many on there. Many were from Ebay merchants selling new items. Maybe a dozen were for used wheels.

I use mine for racing but have to admit I worry they will get trashed. I'm much more likely to crash at a race then anywhere else. I don't have the coin to replace them.

A few months ago I considered selling them and getting a pair of AC 420s. After having to rebuild my rear zipp wheel and getting a couple flats (tubbies) I was a little down on them. The ACs are cheap in comparison and would have gotten me back on clinchers, which I prefer in the long run. I decided to start using my Zipps a little less often to ease wear and tear. Now when I do use them it's like fast forward. I'm glad I didn't get rid of them.
Time trial gear,TJeanloz
Apr 21, 2003 7:09 AM
As I was writing a check for a Zipp Disc, a friend of mine (who's now riding for a D1 pro team) once told me what I have become to understand as a fundamental truth of fancy "race only" type equipment, which is particularly true for time trial equipment: When you don't have some bit of gear (wheels are a great example), all you can think about is how much having it will help your time. Once you own this gear, you realize how worthless it really is. You see your Zipp wheels, and you realize that $500 tied up in wheels that are saving you 20 seconds in a 40k is not the best cost/benefit.

So it comes down to: those that don't have it want it; and those that do have it realize how little it really helps.
Apr 21, 2003 7:22 AM
Sold my Cervelo full-out TT bike 8 months after I bought it. If you aren't in top shape and racing very seriously, it's wasted space in the garage (...and dangerously close to "poseur" if used" at 22 mph).

Another potential reason, though. Those into this sort of gear probably want the latest state-of-the-art stuff, so they buy new stuff and sell off the "old".

not that many, I thought..dotkaye
Apr 21, 2003 8:38 AM
I've been shopping ebay for several months for aero wheels, hed, zipp, specialized trispoke, etc. I didn't see that many Zipps ? Though there were more new Zipp wheelsets for sale than Hed, that might be simply a volume indicator, more Zipps sold than Hed.

Now have a Zipp 440 front, and a Hed Jet Deep rear on its way. Still have to figure out the tubular thing before I can ride them, though. Also after 6 weeks in Australia without training, followed by a nice dose of flu, I'm too embarrassed to ride them at my current top speed of 20mph.. maybe by the end of summer.
I "work" for a living...Akirasho
Apr 21, 2003 9:47 AM
... not to say that other forum members... or riders don't... but each bike and wheelset I own... I worked for (no racer discount or endorsement deal)... so they're a bit dearer and harder to part with.

My tubular ZIPPs are race only... and despite relatively low milage... they'll be around for a long time (it's worth the minimal storage space needed to have them on hand).

In my experience, the 58mm profile of 404s is less sensitive to crosswinds than the HED H3.

... course, I've still got every bike I've purchased since 1975... so you can imagine what I do with wheelsets (I've got a few that have never been mounted... let alone seen pavement)!

Be the bike.