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    Question Zipp 999, Z9, or Z99?

    I'm going for the best wheel possible. I'm sick of wondering "could I go faster with.."

    Which wheel do you recommend for triathlons (Ironman mostly): Zipp 999, Z9, or Z99? Or, something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtserotta
    I'm going for the best wheel possible. I'm sick of wondering "could I go faster with.."

    Which wheel do you recommend for triathlons (Ironman mostly): Zipp 999, Z9, or Z99? Or, something else?
    With your "9" posts, you should really try the "Reviews" section of the website:

    Zipp 999:
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...0_5845crx.aspx
    Zipp Z9:
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...8_5845crx.aspx
    Zipp Z99:
    Invent it, because it don't exist. Didja mean the Zipp 909? These?
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...1_5845crx.aspx

    Frankly, http://www.slowtwitch.com is a better place to ask these questions as it is a forum for tri-persons. Here, you'll get responses like this:

    "Who needs to spend $4000 on a set of wheels? 32x Open Pros never lost anyone a race."

    "I hope you're sponsored, because you'll be offing that Roth IRA to replace your wheels after a crash."

    "Poser."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Fast2Furryious
    With your "9" posts, you should really try the "Reviews" section of the website:

    Zipp 999:
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...0_5845crx.aspx
    Zipp Z9:
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...8_5845crx.aspx
    Zipp Z99:
    Invent it, because it don't exist. Didja mean the Zipp 909? These?
    http://roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels...1_5845crx.aspx

    Frankly, http://www.slowtwitch.com is a better place to ask these questions as it is a forum for tri-persons. Here, you'll get responses like this:

    "Who needs to spend $4000 on a set of wheels? 32x Open Pros never lost anyone a race."

    "I hope you're sponsored, because you'll be offing that Roth IRA to replace your wheels after a crash."

    "Poser."
    Thank you for your kind feedback and suggestions. FYI, Z99: http://www.trifuel.com/gear/product/800.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtserotta
    I'm going for the best wheel possible. I'm sick of wondering "could I go faster with.."

    Which wheel do you recommend for triathlons (Ironman mostly): Zipp 999, Z9, or Z99? Or, something else?
    For a fraction of the cost of these wheels you could rent wind tunnel time and test them yourself on your bike with you in your riding position. It's a small investment in light of the total cost to get the best possible answer to your question.

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    Or hire a coach, that will have better results with training and setup advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asgelle
    For a fraction of the cost of these wheels you could rent wind tunnel time and test them yourself on your bike with you in your riding position. It's a small investment in light of the total cost to get the best possible answer to your question.
    Interesting suggestion I never considered...thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spunout
    Or hire a coach, that will have better results with training and setup advice.
    Yes, I think I may do that next year...thanks.

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    A disc in the rear is the fastest set-up. However, it is not legal in many Ironman races. If you are likely to do any such events and are only wanting to buy one rear race wheel, you'll be best served with a deep-dish rear.

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    If you do not have a powermeter- that would be another good investment. I have seen them built into wheels by Zipp. There is also the DuraAce SRM crank option as well.

    Training with power, using a coach, and using an powermeter to measure out your efforts on the TT are all great ways to improve.

    IMHO- I would skip the Z series wheelsets- very little improvement for enormous sums of additional money. I think a 404 front wheel mated to either a disk or a 808 rear built around a powertap sl hub is the hot set-up. Tri-spoke front wheel would be spiffy too.

    Hmm, spending other people's money is fun!

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    Man, for that money, I'd get an SRM, a ZIPP 909 disc and a HED 3 carbon front wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FondriestFan
    Man, for that money, I'd get an SRM, a ZIPP 909 disc and a HED 3 carbon front wheel.
    In my previous post I forgot to mention that I agree with the others, the ceramic bearings are NOT worth the extra money. Really nice Time Trial tubulars would be a better use of the money with plenty left over.

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    Thank you to everyone who has offered input here. I sincerely appreciate it.

    I've narrowed it down to the Zipp 999 (disc with deep dish front) or the Xlab disc with 3 spoke front...thoughts?

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