Hi there - long time lurker, first time I can remember posting!
I’m doing some fast group rides in Mallorca in a few weeks featuring digs at generally 10-30min climbs with moderate 6-8% gradients, but with many long flat stretches too.
My Madone with disc brakes and Aeolus Pro5 wheels is heavy, but so am I at 85kg.
I’d like to hold my own on the uphill efforts (or at least shave a minute or two off my PBs) without sacrificing too much on the flat.
I can get a good deal on Zipp 303 and 404 Firecrest wheels - which would you go for? The 303 is marginally lighter and less aero than the 404 and can be used as an all rounder wheel back at home, the 404 is more aero and lighter and flashier than existing wheels but heavier than 303… or anything else I’m missing? What would you do?
I’d focus more on your gearing, if you think you’ll struggle to keep up when the road goes up.
What are you running for a rear cassette? Personally, I’d recommend a 28 as a minimum, maybe a 30-11. Having a 30-11 at the back and a 52 up front , I can only think of a handful of instances where I’ve thought another gear might be nice.
In terms of wheels, I’ve never struggled to get my Propel, running 65mm and 45mm wheels up and down anything on the island.
Hopefully you’ll have a great trip and the weather will be kind.
Thanks guys, hearing you loud and clear. I’m ok on gearing (I know I need more - five 100km+ days Alps on 39x30 was good training!) and Mallorca tips (I’ve been annually for 10ish yrs) but was curious what the hive mind would say about wheels. Feedback that I need not worry about 200-300g rotating mass appreciated by me and the bank manager!
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