jrz1 said:Listen, I have no dog in this hunt, or wheel in this race, so to speak, since I don't own Edge or Zipps (I currently am riding on Neuvation carbon 50mm tubulars, and have owned American Classic 420's and Token T50 carbon tubulars). But I have been saving and researching extensively for some time in preparation for a purchase up from my Neuvation wheelset. What I am finding is that the Zipp 303 (in the late 2009 - 2010 edition) is a very appealing wheelset. Earlier in this post I attached testrider.com independent review of the 303's. A pretty impressive report. Have you guys even looked at it? Competitive Cyclist, which last I checked is pretty reputable, also had great things to say about it.
Ligero, what year 303's are those that are cracked? Major, and I mean major changes to the 303 were made in their current edition. Most of the changes were to enhance durability. And since when isn't the pro tour the "real world". Its about as real as it gets. I don't intend or want to sound like an ad for Zipp but again the Paris-Roubaix and other spring classics on the cobbles is a pretty tough test for wheels and Zipp 303's were on the Cervelo and Garmin teams.
I too in my research read about many rim failures with Zipp. Most of them are in older models. I think they have made some changes to rectify those problems. Again, I simply say that the Zipps are more aero, very close in weight, and can be bought new on ebay for $400 to $500 less than the Edge.
Most PT teams ride what they are paid to ride. Cycling websites (TestRider.com) rarely give negative reviews and an online bike shop such as Competitive Cyclist wants to sell wheels. They are going to give them as glowing review as they can. I'm sure they say they are the best wheel for Pave. They'll also say the same about a 32h box section rim such as their Ambrosio/Record wheelset. The point is ... they want to move products.