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We can sit here and talk about all the technology, testing, and research that went into creating the Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Road wheel, or we can just go ahead and skip right to the end result. This is one crazy aero and ridiculously fast wheel. With the signature Firecrest golf ball-like dimpling and a wide rim, this wheel cuts through the air and gives a comfy ride to boot. To cap it all off, Zipp adds an aluminum layer over the carbon at the braking surface so you get all the consistent braking power of aluminum rims with all the performance of an aero carbon wheel to speed down whatever racing or training roads you choose.

  • Carbon fiber rim with Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control
  • Aluminum braking surface
  • 45mm rim depth
  • Stainless steel spokes
  • Sold as individual wheels
  • Compatible with Zipp-approved brake pads

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Does anyone know if there's still any issues with these wheels and the Specialized Venge. I have a 2014 model non S-Works. It says that there are issues on Zipp's website with the S-works Maclaren Venge...

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Stiff and FAST

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on the full lineup top to bottom from Zipp, as well as my fair share of wheelsets from other brands. Without a doubt the 303 Tubular is the best all around wheelset for stiffness and speed in any condition.

If you can, find a local dealer or riding buddy to let you give these a test drive. It's a challenge to accurately depict just how incredibly strong and stiff the 303 is; a seriously robust build while keeping lightweight and agile.

45 mm deep profile is plenty aerodynamic, without turning you into a sail boat in the cross winds. You can feel the benefits at your typical slower climbing speeds in the 8-15mph range, but that sweet spot is in the 20-30pmh range or going full bore on descents. With the width profile on these bad boys, I'd challenge you to find a more stable wheel at 50+ mph harrowing speeds on descents.

Every bit of energy you put into these reflects in immediate results on the road. No, it actually feels more intuitive than that. There is no response time, they just go. The entire system runs at absolutely maximum efficiency in all conditions. Stiff rims, strong spokes, fluid and reliable hub, all coming together in a lightweight 1310 g package. It's a wheelset you can rely on to take a corner at speed, maintain stability through the chaos of a group sprint, or hold tempo through a punishing headwind with less effort than you've ever had to use before. There's a reason they're used at Paris-Roubaix.

Overall, I don't think you can find a stronger or better all around wheelset than the 303. The real questions is not should I ride the 303, it's Clincher or Tubular? For me, I like the intimate road feel and weight savings of the Tubular, but I certainly understand the demand for the clincher as well.

Have any questions, want to talk some more details? Please feel free to shoot me an email at tjackson@backcountry.com.

Fun fact: I have a pair of 2002 Zipp 303 Tubular's I still race crits on to this day. Durability is impressive

Stiff and FAST
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You have the newest 2014 303 with 188/V9 hubs?
What is the real weight of these ?
Zipp.com claim 1335g - is it real? together with skewers?

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Hi there.

Yep, they are the newest 2014 version 303 with the 188/V9 hubs. Without tires, but with skewers they came in at 1,335 grams.

Do you ship to colombia ? which carrier ?...

Do you ship to colombia ? which carrier ? do you provide a tracking number ?

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Zipp wheels are not on our list of brands that cannot be shipped internationally. International shipping is handled by UPS, and tracking info is provided. International orders are subject to international shipping rates and any duties/taxes due on arrival are the responsibility of the customer.