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Old 06-21-12, 09:58 AM
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New high end wheel set or TT bikes?

Let's say you have the option to purchase high-end wheel set (Zipp 404 Firecrest) or for the same price to purchase a TT bike with less good wheelset (Shimano C50). What would you do?
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If you've got a great TT position on your road bike then the wheels will do more for you. If you're extremely limited by the frame geometry then the TT bike will be better.

You can get something like an aluminum Cervelo, a disc cover for the rear, and a used 404 or 808 for less money and get the best of both worlds though.
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What a foolish questions, when this opportunity presented to me last year I did both!
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What bike and wheels do you have now? What position are you in on the bike (e.g. road bike in drops, road w/clip ons, tri bike)? Are you flexible enough to get a good aero position if you're not riding it already?
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I had the same question this spring and opted to purchase the tri bike, intending to ride the stock wheels for a few years. After several seasons of duathlons on my vintage road bike I needed to step it up for triathlons.

Lo and behold, a barely used 303 tubular wheelset came along for a steal so I went with them as well. I use the plenty adequate Oval 535 wheel set for training rides. While the 303s are not as aero as the 404s, I have no issues in severe crosswinds... which we have had at several of our club TTs this year. On race day the 1.25 pound reduction in weight over the Oval 535s/clinchers is noticeable.

I am amazed with every bike-run transition how much better my legs feel. The more open forward aero position really works compared to the road bike.

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