Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Tubeless Disc wheelset review

Zipp’s new 303 pairing promise game changing ride quality and holistic performance versatility plus a whole new level of affordability. Guy Kesteven has been getting big distances in on road and off to see if they deliver on their big promises.

Zipp 303 FC
Cycling Weekly Verdict

These wheels break new ground in terms of their easy, and well-controlled speed, incredible smoothness and the confidence they inspire. The set up was extremely user friendly, and Zipp offers excellent warranty alongside this much more affordable price. Hub durability will need to be confirmed after a few more months and miles of testing, but I simply can't wait to get out and ride these some more.

Reasons to buy
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    Smooth ride

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    Low weight

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    Impact strength

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    Easy set up

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Reasons to avoid
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    Some freehub clunk

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    Graphics can peel off

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    28mm+ tyre could be limiting

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The Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc wheelset was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

Zipp's 303 Firecrest tubeless wheels use a hookless rim and are designed for tyres over 28mm only, making them very on trend with the current direction of travel. After over 400km of off-road miles and a few 100km on road, I can confirm that the Indianapolis company have delivered an outstanding set of wheels, whatever riding you’re into.

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