Purchased these Sept '22 for easier tubeless mounting and road to gravel and back tire switch without killing myself. Also hoped for legendary Zipp performance when riding. Damn, these wheel do both. Compared to my hooked Reynolds Attack wheels I used for gravel, the 303 Firecrest hookless mounting is a dream! I change from tubeless Pirelli hookless compatible road tires to Panaracer gravel whenever I want. No problems running hookles on gravel at 40 psi. And out yesterday on a gravel ride, I just love how they climb and track through the gravel. Fun, snappy, a real pleasure. Did I buy a magically delivered 4 mph in speed? Not really, but they do everything a gravel wheel needs to do and then some. I love these wheels, they're a value, and so happy with them I want to share my expereince.
with any have used on ravel rides summer, road out of gravel season.
They call this 36mm size a climbing wheel, but with big Midwest crosswinds here, these wheels are the perfect choice for all around riding too. Light and fast on the transitions and rock solid. I ride 130 to 170 miles a week, and these wheels have livened up my solo workouts and group rides. I also use them on gravel running 32mm Continental 5000 TR tires at 50psi. These wheels are the perfect blend of size, quality and appearance (the subtle graphics really pop with transparent tires). I expect to be riding these wheels for many years.
So, I will start with ï¿½I love this wheelsetï¿½. Only 5 rides in, they are the perfect complement to my latest build. Without validating, they feel lighter than my 5 year set on my previous bike. Coupled with the ENVE tubeless tires, I feel confident with cornering and rolling wide open in descents.
It is impossible to provide a like for like as I am running on a completely different bike. However, I am not wondering if I should have selected a different set and I donï¿½t regret the investment.
These are fantastic, super light for a mid aero 45mm profile, fast to spin up, no annoyingly loud free wheel, lighter than previous Firecrest that cost significantly more. Only complaint is no drain holes, but come Fall I will send them back to Zipp for the drilling of them through the fantastic service that Western Offers, newer lots, according to Zipp, will come with the drain holes. Note holes are 180 degrees from the install valve, ie across the rim if you are in doubt as to whether you have them or not.