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Campy Zonda vs Easton Tempest II

Old 02-24-06, 08:07 PM
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Campy Zonda vs Easton Tempest II

Considering both these wheels as a more raceworthy fun set to compliment my Ambrossio excelight rims with Chorus Hubs. What advantages would a new 2006 model of either the Tempest II or Zonda have with eachother???

The Easton seems to be slightly more expensive at my dealer as compared to the Campy, but I'm not sure why?

Anyhelp or suggestion.

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Maybe Easton upcharges for Campy freehub body?
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i just ditched some lower end Easton Vista's and replaced them with some 06 Zonda's. i've only had a couple rides on the campy wheels but i'm already sold. they feel super solid compared to the Eastons but the thing that i'm tripping on is how smooth the hubs are. It feels like there's absolutely no friction. I can hop on and turn the cranks a couple times and it feels like on a flat road you'd roll forever. Never thought i would feel such a marked difference.
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I'd go Easton
1500g!?!
That's a light one..
vs.
1660g Zonda's

I love the look of the Campy's - but I'd concede the performace to the Tempests..
my $0.02

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Old 02-25-06, 05:55 AM
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Thanks for the input so far.....

The Tempest are definietely a higher level the the Vista.... and lighter than the Zonda... but I guess my question comes down to performance of the Zonda Hubs vs Tempest Hubs, the sevicability (repairability) of either wheel, comfort of the ride and overall strength of rims.

They are both Semi Aero about 30mm.

I'm afraid that with the Zonda's, some of the price might have gone into the name and transportation from italy, wereas I thing the Vista are American built.

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how much have you found Tempests for?
the Zonda's were under 500$.
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I have a pair of Campy Ventos, admittedly a low end wheel, and a pair of the older Velomax(Easton) Tempests, and there is no comparison. The Tempests, even the older heavier version, has the Campy beat. As someone else said about the Zondas, the Tempests feel like they'll roll forever. And they are solid. I crashed hard with the Tempest on the front, and while the rim did dent, it didn't collapse and it is still round and otherwise true. The fork OTOH shattered and the frame cracked. I only wish my Tempests were Campy compatible so I could've used the rear on my Campy bike before I crashed it.
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