Cyclocross - Zipp 202's for CX racing?
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01-30-12, 07:48 PM
I've got a set of 202's I can pick up for a pretty good price. I am having second thoughts as I read they are more for climbing and may not be durable enough for CX racing. I weigh 160. Does anyone have any experience/thoughts on these wheels?
01-31-12, 05:51 AM
clinchers or tubulars?
01-31-12, 06:06 AM
01-31-12, 07:33 AM
"durability" is a relative term for CX - just about any race-level component is subject to getting trashed, so don't let that stop you if you want 'em. but consider the courses you typically race - if there's a lot of sand and muck, it's definitely going to take its toll on the brake track and shorten the life of the wheelset if you race a lot in those conditions. also, braking just isn't as good with carbon rims, so if you like really powerful braking, they might not be the best option - and don't forget the cost of good carbon-specific brake pads (zipp/swiss-stop). finally, consider your wheel situation - what else is in the quiver should something go wrong with the 202s?
all that said, Zipp makes solid wheels. i race on 303s and managed to finish the season with them fully intact.
depends on the deal, 303 is the go to. if your talking 1/2 off wholesale go for it, otherwise your money could be better spent on williams or revolution cycles wheels, more bang for the buck and if you bust one it isn't so painful.
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