Zipp 303S wheelset review

A first-class wheelset - these lose half a star because the hookless rim won't be for everyone

Zipp 303S wheelset review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A joy to ride and at a reasonable price. Being hookless and optimised for a 28mm tubeless setup might be a downer for some, but if you’re fully converted to wider tyres and liquid over tubes, buy these ones.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Extremely easy to set up tubeless

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    Compliant but quick up to speed

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    Great value

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Hookless rim limits tyre use

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Zipp has long been a premium choice, so the launch of its £985 303S came as a thoroughly welcome surprise. 

The 303S was launched alongside the 303 Firecrest and before the 353 NSW - the latter comes in at £3,200, and we’ve had the opportunity to test the two back to back. The 303 family, like most of Zipp’s recent launches, is optimised for riding a tubeless set up at a lower pressure. 

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