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To Zipp or Not to Zipp

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About 4 years ago, I invested in some new wheels.  Easton EA 90TT.  To be honest, I didn’t do too much research.  I just trusted a few friends who swore by Easton. I’ve been happy until this year, and now these wheels make me down right nervous.

In the past 10 months, I’ve broken 3 spokes on my rear wheel. When a spoke breaks on CK (my Scott Plasma bike), I’m totally out of luck.  The wheel doesn’t turn.  I’m stuck.  Thanks to these broken spokes, I’ve hitchhiked in the East Bay, called friends for rescue rides twice and this past weekend was sagged in the last 10 miles of the Marin Century ride.

Why is this happening?  And, what do I do if a spoke breaks during IM Canada?

I asked a few of my buddies who have been in the cycling industry for a while for their advice.  Turns out Easton wheels have a bit of a bad reputation!  They are known for having some structural problems, including broken spokes.

So, here are my options for IM Canada:

  • Risk it with the Easton Wheels
  • Put the original Shimanos back on the bike
  • Rent Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers for the race

I think I’ll look into renting the Zipps!

 

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Author: sarabstro

My name is Sara Strope. I'm hooked on triathlons. I spend my days building a health tech startup, promoting organ donation, and producing events. Oh, and training!

3 thoughts on “To Zipp or Not to Zipp

  1. Yikes! I was looking at upgrading my wheels this offseason and was looking at Easton. Good to know.

    My vote is for renting Zipps. Even if just for easing your mind with some quality wheels, go for it. I used Race Day Wheels last year and it was super easy.

  2. Rent the zipps! My thoughts as a totally unbiased, unknowledgeable individual on the matter, but it sounds like the safest bet. 🙂

  3. The Zipps will be fun, feel great, and look awesome on your bike. Just make sure to practice flat changes(more than once)as you’ll likely need to use a valve extender and those can be tricky.

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