Zipp may have dabbled in (relatively) more affordable wheelsets
over the years, but none have really caught the collective
imagination in the same way as their premium NSW range.
That seems certain to change with these new wheels, which bring
all the features you'd expect in a modern carbon wheelset whilst
hitting a very competitive pricepoint.
There are some interesting differences from their predecessor,
the 302 Disc. The 303 S have not only shed over 150g in weight
(with the same 45mm rim depth) but are now able to accept
significantly wider tyres. They've even dropped the price - the SRP
is now just £985 per pair, cracking that psychologically important
The spec is well considered, with sensible, proven components
that make the wheelset's 1525g weight all the more impressive:
Zipp's own hubs, bladed CX Sprint spokes (of the conventional, easy
to replace J-bend type) and brass nipples for durability.
A wider rim (23mm internal) allows for fatter tyres with greater
air volume, run at lower pressures. This brings multiple benefits,
including lower rolling resistance, improved comfort, and better
grip/handling thanks to an increased contact patch with the
The hookless rim means that you can only use these wheels with
tubeless/tubeless ready tyres, but it also smooths the transition
between tyre and rim for maximum aero efficiency.
The 303 S give optimal aero benefit with 28mm tyres, but will
happily accept up to 50mm wide, making them a serious contender for
fast endurance road builds as well as gravel/adventure.
Best of all they come with Zipp's Lifetime Warranty, reflecting
the confidence Zipp have in the quality of their wheels.
We also have the 303 S in our interactive online Bike Builder, allowing you to create your own
dream build with these new wheels.