- Dec 1, 2007
Does anyone use these wheels all year round for training and racing?
Shin-chan said:Does anyone use these wheels all year round for training and racing?
kennf said:Why train on a $1500 pair of wheels? Just grab a pair of sturdy Mavic Open 4s for $300/pair.
+1 I use my reynolds mv 32t wheelset all the timealienator said:Why not? They don't do anything sitting in the house.
Why train on a $4000 frame? Why train on a $3000 frame? Why train on a $1500 Why train with a $1500 gruppo?
Why? Because it's fun. Besides, I've yet to see conclusive evidence that Mavic OPs are stronger, more durable than and CF wheels out there.
Don't buy it if you're afraid to ride it.
JTE83 said:I got Zipp 404 clinchers for $1135 ebay shipped - couldn't afford them at $1750 to $1850 bike shop price!
First time you inflate them they give a cracking sound. Then if you use the short stem tubes with Zipp Valve extenders pumping them up to pressure is so hard because the pump leaks around the vavle extender. Then I overpumped and blew out a tube because you have to overpressure them because of pump leakage. The best solution is to use Vresdestein 80 mm long valve tubes - they extend far enough to not use those crappy valve extenders and are a major lifesaver! These tube also have a removable valve assembly to put sealant in.
Last of all, you need a good rim tape for the clincher wheel. Mission Bay recommend Velox but I bought them and it totally sucked! Slides right off! The best rim tape is sol at Performance Bike - it's RoxUSA Ultralight rim tape! Carry a spare set of these when you go biking in case a flat fix screws up your rim tape!
I'd train and race on my Zipps, but then again I don't race. It's just a total inspiration to give my 2006 CF Cervelo Soloist Team with Zipp 404s a ride!
JTE83 said:VELOX is total **** rim tape, as my experience was it moved on me after tube/tire install and caused the tube to internally explode. It doesn't stick well.
And I think Alienator doesn't have Zipp 404 clinchers either!
parawolf said:Velox is good, but Zipp don't recommend them for their clinchers. They reckon it is too thick and doesn't allow for a good mounting of the clincher bead.
I've had no direct experience with the Zipp clinchers directly to comment on the velox/zipp combo. But i've used Velox on plenty of clinchers, and it works perfectly.
It would be my first choice for the next time I need rim tape (though I ride tubulars now, or clinchers that don't require tape).