Interbike 2004: Part 2
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During the Tour, Phonak?s Tyler Hamilton and CSC?s Bobby Julich packed a secret weapon from the Zipp arsenal, the Zipp 808. The new Zipp 808 boasts a rim depth of 81mm and has become know for its wind cheating dimple technology also found on Zipp?s discs. Wind tunnel testing shows the 808 to be 17 seconds faster than the Zipp 404 over a 40K time trial. For 2005 the 808 will be offered as a complete (front and rear) wheelset in both tubular and clincher options and will also be offered with a rear Zipp 900 disc as the new 999 wheelset or with a front Zipp 404 as the new 666 wheelset. Peter Reid will be sporting the new 666 wheelset at the Ironman World Championships in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Also new in Zipp?s booth for ?05 is their new sub 400 gram carbon fiber crankset. Yes, sub 400 grams with rings (172.5 length). The new carbon crank will be offered in
New from Graber Products (CycleOps, Saris Racks and PowerTap) is the new PowerTap SL power meter. The PowerTap SL uses carbon/aluminum construction to cut over 160 grams out of the PowerTap Pro hub making for a true race worthy power meter. The PowerTap SL hub will be offered in 24, 28 and 32 hole configurations. For 2005, PowerTap will only be offering standard 32-spoke Mavic Open Pro wheel builds on their PowerTap line cutting out custom wheel build options previously offered. This may come as bad news to some, but don?t worry. Bontrager offers their Race Lite PowerTap Pro and Zipp is now offering PowerTap SL wheel builds with their 202, 303, 404 and 808 wheels. Reynolds also offers custom wheel builds.
Tyler Hamilton was on hand for the show bouncing around from sponsor to sponsor for pictures and autograph signings. "People say you're crazy to go to Interbike, but I did nothing wrong. If some people don't want to talk to me, well, that's their decision. I'm continuing with my life now,"
Floyd Landis was also in attendance seen here signing autographs at PowerTap.
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