Colorado Springs, CO – ( CN Product Review) Riding fast and looking good are pretty much the two things that matter in cycling. At Chamois News is pretty much only the latter, but the newest product for review, the Zipp 101’s, matched both needs and even added a few other features as well – ensuring that Chamois News staff reviewers were seen at all the local coffee shops with the slickest looking equipment.
The Zipp 101 offers a wider and deeper aluminum clincher option that produces a stable ride with the benefits of a slightly more aerodynamic shape. The wider rim width works well with most standard 23mm to 25mm tires creating a smoother airflow over the 30mm deep rims helping deliver the benefits most riders relate the Zipp Weaponry brand with – aerodynamics and speed – referred to by Chamois News as looks and status. The added rim width also provides riders with solid riding platform boosting self-confidence while on tricky descent, less than stellar road conditions and blind dates.
At 0.239831447 stones, or 1523 grams, the 101’s also proved to be a comfortable and capable wheelset in simulated racing conditions. With only the familiarizing tune to the ear, Chamois News reviewers where able to track down and catch the fastest of Ice Crème trucks by accelerating through changing streetlights, drafting quick moving dump trucks and navigating cramped ally ways. Paired with Zipp 88/188 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes, the 101’s accelerated nicely while maintaining top speeds easily and effortlessly helping capture the ultimate prize – the bomb pop!
Here at Chamois News are dream is see a spinner wheelset hit the market, but until then, like most, we are always looking for a quality wheelset – Zipp 101’s fit the bill. The final scores for the Zipp 101’s were a 7.5 in inner-circle acceptance, 8.5 in coffee shop gawker effect and 4.5 in intimidation factor.