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Out w/ Rev-x and Vector Pros, in with Alpines??(4 posts)

Out w/ Rev-x and Vector Pros, in with Alpines??Neo
Nov 27, 2001 7:36 PM
Since I didnt get any responses on the General board, I'll post this here. I am looking at downsizing my wheelset collection, getting rid of my Spinergy Rev-X, Spox and Rolf Vector Pro wheelsets and getting one good high end lighter weight and aero wheelset. The Hed Alpine and Zipp 303 tubulars are at the top of the list. Because the Hed Alpines are very new, I can only go with what I read about them. Anyone have any real world experience with this wheelset? Pros/cons? I am also open to any intelligent opinions on other wheelsets pros and cons that I should consider.
re: Out w/ Rev-x and Vector Pros, in with Alpines??Carbon110
Nov 28, 2001 8:40 AM
Yeah, the Hed Alps are nice, but to deep, you need valve extensions which is a pain. The zipp 303 clincher are really nice and a great weight and you dont need a valve extension. Nimble makes something called the spider which is the lighhtest aero clincher ( hidden nipples ) wheelset around. I love them. As far as tubular, well Bontragers Carbon wheels are great, low spoke count, 38mm ( no valve extension ) flat spokes which are super stiff but not very aero. Thats ok since there is only 16 of them on each wheel.
I am decideing between the bontragers and the zipp clnchers.
re: Out w/ Rev-x and Vector Pros, in with Alpines??JohnnyIV
Dec 1, 2001 8:49 AM
With those choices, go with the Zipp 303's. Their new process and new rims are unbelievably stiff and super light. As a matter of fact, many pro racers actually ride 303 rims in the mountains, and put stickers of their sponsors on the 303's. Let's just say I have intricate knowledge of the Zipp's, and I will never buy another race wheelset again. As for the nimbles, just think about trueing a set with hidden nipples. Or if you break a spoke at the race. Who's gonna be able to fix that? Zipps spokes are ovalized, and uses standard nipples. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.
My badJohnnyIV
Dec 1, 2001 8:53 AM
I thought you were talking about the carbon Zipp clinchers (404's). My above post was for the 303 tubulars. I ride the 303 clinchers as my training wheelset (aluminum aero rim), ovalized spokes, and Zipp hubs. I love these wheels. Definitely check them out. They far outperform Vector Pro's. But you should really look at the Zipp 303 tubulars.