Worst wheels I've ever seen...

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benz76
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Location: Reggio Emilia, ITALY

by benz76

Hi,
saturday I went out for a fast training with some friends of mine.
One of them appeared with a Saeco Cannondale Caad 5 (still looking very nice) with carbon HED 3 wheels.
He's very fast, weighs around 70 kg (155lbs I think) and very powerful.
We started our favourite training climb (he was using 53x19 I think), when his rear wheel started dragging on rear brake pads...
I slided behind him, and I saw his rear wheel twisting as if it was liquid! He was forced to open the brake (Shimano), and the drag became less intense. :shock: I was really surprised!
Does anybody experienced something like that on HED wheels?
Do Zipp 303 wheels behave like this, in your opinion?

Bye, Benz.

giovanni
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Location: los angeles california

by giovanni

my Zipps have no flex and I weigh 150 lb(7lb winter fat), and I live on 3.7 miles of pure straight up climb.
Even when I jump out of the sadle hard they dont flex, and come to think of it my friends that have the same wheels dont have any problems either :) .
Giovanni

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Kirkster
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by Kirkster

Me n' a the Brother in Law race a custom built tandam wiv Hed 3 trispokes in it and have not experienced and such problems and We are putting a LOT ov force thro the rear wheel!
Marching on Together...............

benz76
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by benz76

I'm quite happy to hear that Zipps have no flex. Considering that I'm very much lighter than 150 lbs I shouldn't experience any problems with them (I'm planning to buy a pair of climbing wheels)...

I have to admit that I was very surprised to see such a bad behaviour from HED wheels... But their flex was enormous...
I forgot to mention they were clinchers... Should that matter something?
:?:
Bye, Benz.

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Kirkster
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by Kirkster

Nope shouldnt matter that they are clinchers or tubs.....

Has Your Mate checked his spindle is ok? I have seen these snap before now in a variety of wheels including Hed?
Marching on Together...............

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Superlite
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by Superlite

Yeah those wheels are REALLY STIFF! If they are flexing it's probly due to a lose hub. Tell him to check the preload, there probly isn't any. Wheels like that don't flex, he needs to have them checked ASAP.

Liteman
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by Liteman

something seriously wrong if they flex that much :shock:
I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride my bike.

Joel
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by Joel

Don't buy the Zipp 280, they are too weak. Go for the 360's with a few less spokes, so +/-120 g heavier, but a lot more durable

Liteman
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by Liteman

Have to say the worst wheels I've seen were on the Morris 8. Absolutely dreadful. Especially in the wet.
I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride my bike.

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