First up, I consider myself a seasoned cyclist. Been riding a long time and before the current boon in cycling though the development of tech I have embraced as it has made cycling easier and enjoyable for all. I have however stumbled across a caveat with my cycling which I am really struggling to get on top of / manage and I cannot find an answer apart from one which I will get to in a bit.
I currently ride a Madone 9.2 with Zipp 404 firecrest carbon clinchers which in 'performance terms' is incredible. Fastest bike I have ever ridden and owned within the realms of my skillset. I love the bike, the frame and how it rides but I am finding 404 wheels hold me back, scare me, frightening me and thus I reduce my speed on hills to the point where for example I lost time on a 95 mile ride this weekend as I was too scared to let the bike go. It is hard to explain. I have ridden 404 before and I feel that my firecrest catch the wind like no wheel I have ridden before and they bring the fear on as I do not want to die on my bike. I have spoken to riding friends and a couple of fellow posters who advise the usual things to relax the body etc when descending. I cant - I just cant do it on these wheels. I had speed wobble on a Cervelo S3 in 2009 and I never ever want to repeat that moment.
So, I might lose face, people may think what a loser, but I am being honest and I need to find a solution. I have examined my riding data over the years and realise that my confidence is reduced with carbon clinchers. Does this sound crazy ? The solution I have is to sell my 404's and my other wheelsets and perhaps go to a slightly more stable deepish wheel set like this with decent braking and performance.http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Mavic-Cosmic-Pr ... oCUJ7w_wcB
I realise that everything about the Zipps should be a better performing wheelset, but performance is moot when you cannot descend for s**t. Can anyone offer advice on how to cope or sort this. I want to be honest and get back my descending confidence. Two years ago, I was letting bikes descend at 55mph and loved it but at the moment anything over 30 brings on the fear. Is it simply the wheels need to go ?
I really appreciate any advice I am trying to be honest and get some guidance rather than ride it out. Even on last weeks fast Tuesday ride the front wheel whipped out from under the bike due to side wind. The Madone is mechanically sound, everything is tight and torqued, it is simply the wheels that are affecting my mindset.