Like wheels? Like shiny carbon stuff? Course you do. Zipp have produced a short video on their website to tell the story of their versatile 303 from initial product design to their part in Fabian Cancellara’s win at Paris-Roubaix earlier this year. The 303 became the first carbon wheel ever to be ridden to victory across the cobbles of the Hell of the North.
Okay, it’s a promotional tool for Zipp, but 303: Resurrection is an interesting little film in a Discovery Channel kind of way. Lasting 16mins, it tells you about the hurdles the designers had to overcome to get the wheels through the infamous pavé of the Arenberg Forest unscathed, and explains the technology behind the finished product.
Although 45mm deep front and rear and designed with aerodynamics as another key concern, the 303s weigh in at just 1,171g the pair (manufacturer’s figure) and have won a mountain stage of the Tour de France under Cervélo’s Heinrich Haussler.
Check out the vid at zipp.com/wheels/303-tubular.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.