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June 22, 2021 2 min read

When you're investing a hefty sum in a pair of top quality hand built wheels, getting the best value means a product that's not only high quality, built to last, easy to service and upgrade but also able to be used for many different types of ride / terrain.

This week's wheel build of the weeks ticks all these boxes and more. 


ZIPP 303 rims are a firm favorite here at AVT, providing a super versatile, 40mm rim profile that can handle both gravel and road terrain. Born out of the Spring Classics, the 303 was the very first carbon rim to win Paris Roubaix, and since then its evolved to be one of the go-to road rims for all types of terrain.

This versatility doesn't compromise on light weight or aerodynamics, and combined with a lifetime warranty (which also applies to damage caused from regular riding) it's a great option for a wheelset that can perform double duty on road or gravel.

These are paired with Chris King R45D hubs in matte slate to match the grey rim graphics and finished off with Black Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes. The R45D hubs come with Chris King's lifetime warranty, and with regular servicing will last a very, very long time.

Got 2 different groupsets on your road and gravel bike? No problem, don't forget you can swap driveshell's on these hubs very easily and quickly. For example, you may have a 12sp 1x set up on a gravel bike and an 11sp Shimano set up on your road bike, switching between these 2 can be done in a few minutes with a spare driveshell and axle.

Wheel Specifications:

  • Rim. Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc. 24h/24h.
  • Hub. Chris King R45D in Matte Slate. 
  • Spokes. Sapim CX Ray Bladed.
  • Rim Depth. 40mm.
  • Rim Width. 25mm.
  • Rim Construction. Carbon – Hookless
  • Tire Compatibility. Tubeless tires only

Pricing for this wheelset starts at $2695, or if you're looking for a custom build on any of the hubs sold here at AVT, just contact us for a quote.


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