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Zipp - real or fake????

hey there is a guy who try to sell me these zipp 404 clincher wheels
he say they are 3 years old, but they look a bit fake (no dimples)
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February 6, 2014 06:41 PM
Fake, those decals look like garbage
February 6, 2014 06:46 PM
From: San Francisco
32 posts
5 bikes
I'm not a Zipp expert, but I don't think they're real. Aside from there being no dimples, who would lace Zipp hoops to Novatec hubs?! Look like the eBay Chinese special with Zipp decals slapped on.
February 6, 2014 06:50 PM
From: California
207 posts
10 bikes
I'm pretty sure those are novatec hubs. Which means they are a chinese unbranded carbon wheel set. DON'T buy those unless you want that kind of quality compared to zipps. Which is night and day.
February 6, 2014 06:51 PM
thanks for the quick response
February 6, 2014 06:56 PM
look at that shit weaving.

110% real mic wheelset.
not zipps.

jokes.. looks like novatec skewers too :P
February 6, 2014 07:33 PM
From: Ottawa, ON Canada
816 posts
22 bikes
Real Zipps have a dimpled surface like a golf ball.

February 6, 2014 07:58 PM
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
^ exactly
February 6, 2014 10:05 PM
Yee they're fake. Zipp used to make non dimpled wheelsets but that was much longer than 3 years ago. I think it was early 2000s when they stopped producing non dimpled wheels
February 6, 2014 10:25 PM
From: Los Angeles, CA
222 posts
9 bikes
The other give away that they are fake. The little sticker looking thingy around the valve stem has the Specialized 'S' logo on there.
February 6, 2014 11:18 PM
From: Gold Coast. Australia
179 posts
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thats actually a valve stem sealing tape.
its to help stop water from going into the valve hole.

February 7, 2014 02:06 AM
From: Ottawa, ON Canada
816 posts
22 bikes
Don't the genuine wheel makers put a clearcoat on top of the decals?
February 7, 2014 03:04 AM
From: Shirley, NY
77 posts
8 bikes
It's been a while since I've seen one but I don't think so.
February 7, 2014 03:10 AM
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
Absolutely fake. no doubt that is a Chinese unknown custom wheelset. I've seen it lots of in China, the quality is not bad, but if you wanna buy a real zipp then ignore that one.
February 7, 2014 05:57 AM
From: Melbourne Australia
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buy it for cheap. then just remove the decal..... If he is offering a low cost for a 'real zipp' To good to be true
February 8, 2014 12:01 AM
From: Los Angeles
92 posts
5 bikes
Yeup. It is a "replica " of a Zipp wheel. You can buy it brand new for about 250 online and I know for sure its a replica because most of the companies use Novatec hubs for their carbon products.
February 8, 2014 09:34 AM

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