Typically, wheel reviews center around race wheels that will add that extra bit of speed on race day. However, it is the day-to-day training wheels that get the abuse of thousands of hard miles and deserve some attention. A good set of training wheels should be durable and help take the sting out of all those training miles. There are plenty of wheels that will get the job done, but upgrading your training hoops can make a big difference. With that in mind, here are four sets of wheels that are great options for upgrading your daily ride.
Before diving into their differences, it’s worth noting that the wheels in this comparison have several commonalities. All are tubeless ready and come with rim tape and valves. For this test, all wheels were ridden on clinchers, and in this case the new Continental 4 Seasons Black Edition 25mm at 90 to 100psi. Additionally, all four wheelsets have a standard aluminum braking surface.
Zipp 30 Course Clincher – $1000
While mostly associated with high-end aero offerings, Zipp also makes an aluminum rimmed training wheel—the 30 Course. Like many training oriented wheels where comfort becomes a greater priority, the 30 Course utilizes a wide rim, 21mm internally and 25mm externally. The extra air volume, especially with a 25mm or even 28mm tire, with a greater contact patch gives more compliance and better traction.
Zipp being Zipp, they also attempted to address aerodynamics too. At 26mm deep, they aren’t the aero profile most associate with Zipp. Still, the company took some innovations they used on the 202 to give the 30 Course some wind cheating capabilities with its shape. They have also included their new 77/177 hubs to help with efficiency and power transfer.
As with other wide rimmed wheels in this test, the 25mm wide rim paired with a wide tire and relatively low air pressure gives a more compliant and comfortable ride. Most of the bumps, even the bigger ones, are well muted. With a 125psi maximum inflation, you can put in a bit more air volume for days when you know you’ll be on smoother roads.
Along with comfort, the 30 Course is an efficient wheel though at 1570 grams for the set it does take some time to get them up to speed. Out on the road it’s hard to tell any noticeable difference in aerodynamics over other wheels in this test.
The 30 Course is available as a rim or disc brakes and clincher or tubular models.
Bottom line: A strong all-around choice, the 30 Course performs well in all categories and is a good choice for a daily driver.