Today I was able to test for the first time legit race wheels. Zipp Race wheels to be exact – dub “Speed Weaponry”. I went with the 808s since this is most likely the setup I will use in an actual race (Although a disc wheel on the back would be nice). I decided the best way to test them would be to go on a 60 mile out and back to Nyack, NY ride. Today was a windy day. This made for perfect conditions to test the wheels, since race day is unpredictable. The winds were gusting up to 21mph. Handling the 808s can be a challenge if you are not familiar with them in such winds. Coming into this ride I had read and did my homework on handling. I was able to handle without issues.
Zipp 808 Firecrest – Carbon Clincher
The wheels definitely added the “free speed” factor promised. I may have gained 2mph with the firecrest 808s. Those were clinchers, since I have never used tubular tires and may stay away from them for the meantime.
The one con is that the brakes may not have been suitable for the zipps and that may have compromised braking a bit. A big no, no when it comes to going down a hill at 40+ mph. Also the rental wheels did not come with racing tires. I will have to add my racing tires next time I rent the zipps.
Rocking Ironman Lake Placid water bottles
All in all I was very impressed with the wheels and may add them to all my upcoming triathlon races for the year.
Heading out to Nyack (bike seems a tard bit too small, lol)
Quick Stop at Tallman State Park