- Mar 18, 2009
Cyclocross Magazine has got an in-depth profile of Zipp's 303 Cyclocross carbon tubular wheels today. Of interest is that the CXW team, Todd Wells, and Compton all switching to the 303 for this season.
cyclocross said:Cyclocross Magazine has got an in-depth profile of Zipp's 303 Cyclocross carbon tubular wheels today. Of interest is that the CXW team, Todd Wells, and Compton all switching to the 303 for this season.
LugHugger said:Of course they're switching, TW rode FSA's ffs last year and they're a POS. KC switched because her sponsors pulled out and she needs hoops to race. This is how pro cycling works.
Kiwivelo said:Sorry I've been a little sensitive to the information out there regarding Katie's sponsorship. There's been some misinformation out there both unintended and intended.
I tested the 303's earlier this summer after a successful test of the Zipp Vuma quad crankset. The 303's are outstanding wheel and almost revolutionary. There will be a real shift to this rim profile by other manufacturers in the future.
I discovered there's increased traction and control in loose dry sand and loose gravel. This is down to the increased footprint by the rim on the tires. It's like having a wider foot to stand on. The braking surface is very good and with Zipp's new cork pads I'm finally satisfied with the braking in dry and wet conditions. Overall, I'm super impressed with how strong the rims are, I had the opportunity to slam the rim into concrete edges and they heldup fine. I was brutal on the rims because I wanted to make sure the rims were not going to suffer from impact damage like other older models would constantly suffer. The hubs are also equally impressive because quite honestly Zipp has never had a great rep for bomber hubs. Notso now, the hubs feel as good as my other favorite hubs and possibly better than DT 190's.
This is looking like a huge Zipp advertisement, but we still have the ability to select our components and if the wheels were not up to our requirements we wouldn't run them for the season. We've discovered if the equipment is not up to the task racing in Belgium then the results don't come.