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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:41 pm 
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As these can be had at aabout he same price, what would be recommended for road racing.

Which is better in terms of:

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Stiffness
Strength

Im assuming the Zipps will come with the new V9 hub that doesnt fail.

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I could only comment on the 404s as I have used and enjoyed them. Mine were clinchers though. Never had any problems.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:42 pm 
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Same price? I think you can even get the assaults with a power tap for like $800 less than the latest firecrests.

Wow I did just see some brand 2014 sets for ~ 1700 on ebay. I'd get the zipps! I use the 404 tubs as my primary wheels and also use the Ritchey branded Assault clinchers. I really like both wheels, but the Zipps are the winner for me. For some reason it's the feel of the front wheel that I rprefer on the zipps, it feels more solid out of the saddle and over rough spots. It may hold speed a little better as well when you get up over 40kph or so on flats with a sustained hard effort. You can get rolling like a unstoppable tron bike.

I'm sure the Assault Tubs are nice and feel even better than the clinchers, so my info may not help much. I just think you can't go wrong with the zipps, and they give great support - I popped a QR and also needed a end cap for my hub and they mailed it out free after a brief text chat. Other than that the hubs have been solid (2013 and 14 models), you just have to preload them properly and care for your bearings. Put some veloflex, vittoria or fmb tires on either of those wheel sets and you will love the ride.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:54 pm 
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Yesterday I was riding and chatting with a guy about the 404 vs. 58 Aero. This guy is the current Masters 30-35 National Road Race Champ - he's a pretty big guy and makes enormous amounts of power. He's spent the last two years on 404FC tubular and clinchers and just started riding the 58s due to team commitments. He said he likes the Reynolds and they feel pretty sturdy... though he wasn't riding them because he broke a spoke on a training ride Saturday. He seems to favor the 404 quite a bit due to handling characteristics. He said the sharper angle of the rim didn't handle wing quite as well as the Zipp.

I don't believe the Assault has the same rim profile so this anecdote might mean all of zilch to you.


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http://www.merlincycles.com/pair-of-zipp-firecrest-carbon-tubular-wheels-68108.html

Ended up buying a barely used set of 2014 DA C50 9000 tubulars instead for £750.

The Zipps were sorely tempting, but more than happy with the C50s for half the price...

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