Describe the ride feel of 1ZERO HITOP wheels in as few words as possible (one word if possible!).
Aside from pure racing, do you also ride trail on 1Zero?
Oh, yeah! I’ve taken the 1Zeros just about everywhere. From fast paced XC racing to enduro style big mountain riding the 1Zeros haven’t let me down yet. Someone has to test them, right?
All the time! In fact, I have had a single puncture since I’ve started riding them (in April). They’re just fun! Why not ride them all the time! David says he’s happy because they are so tough he never had to work on them ever since we put them on the bike! He says they are easy: set them and forget!
I may have thrown the 1ZERO’s on the trail bike a handful of times this year to see if I could find the limit of what these wheels are capable of. Despite my best efforts, the limit has yet to be found. These wheels freakin’ kill it. It’s rad to have an XC race wheel in the 1300-gram range that you can race in a full gas short track one day, and then throw them on the trail bike and go ride some proper chunk the next. I'm not sure if the Zipp engineers threw some unicorn dust into the composite matrix of these rims, or what, but man have they made some truly one-of-a-kind wheels.
On what type of trails do you ride 1Zero?
I live up in the mountains of Colorado with some nasty, “off piste” style trails that can be hell on equipment. I’ve spent a ton of time up there putting the 1Zeros to the test.
I’ve ridden them in the Tucson rocky/desert trails, in the hero dirt/steep/berms of Santa Cruz in California, the other types of hard/sandy trails of California, and on the rooty/rocky East Coast trails where I live.
Mostly on the smoother and faster Dutch trails. A lot of sandy trails around the coast where the width rim tire combinations work well. We ride pretty low tire pressure, and this rim gives the confidence that the tire will stick to the (hookless) rim eve on low pressures. The hookless rim also makes sure the shape of the tire stays perfect.
All the trails. All the time.