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Throughout their short, yet successful history, Zipp has shown a fervent devotion to the development and engineering of carbon wheels. That is, up until a few years ago when Zipp release their first ever aluminum rimmed wheel, the Zipp 101s. Although at first I had guarded skepticism toward Zipp's unprecedented venture into the world of aluminum rimmed wheels, after riding a pair I soon replaced all feelings of skepticism with new found belief in a company that I had already known to make fantastic carbon wheels. I guess it should come as no surprise that the 101s are great because of their similarities to the carbon wheels that Zipp has made their reputation on. The tordial shape of the 101's rim not only creates a wider and thus more stable wheel, but also increases the 101s aerodynamic performance past those of v-shaped rims of greater depth. You sacrifice a little in the ways of weight for the aerodynamics of the 101s tordial shaped rim, but at 1523g per set, the 101s are hardly a heavy wheelset. The wheels are laced around Zipp's amazing 88/188 hubset that is trusted on all Zipp wheelsets excluding the Zedtech wheels. This will assure you that your wheels will not only roll to the Zipp prefection that we have come to love from their more popular wheelset such as the 404s and 808s, but it will also let you rest at ease knowing that you have a durable wheelset with a sold pair of hubs to rely on. Perhaps even more impressive are the intangibles of this wheelset that you dont see on their spec sheet. The wheels are forgiving enough to ride comfortably for long distances and yet responsive enough to fool even the most discerning riders that they were riding a pair of 404s. Now, I am not about to say that the 101s ride as good as my 404s, but I would be hard pressed to find another aluminum clincher wheelset that gets as close as the 101s. The way they accelerate and corner is very reminiscent to the superb performance of zipps more expensive carbon race wheelset. Overall Zipp has really hit a home run with the 101s, taking an affordable aluminum wheelset as close to a high dollar carbon wheelset as possible. I highly recommend the 101s to anyone who is considering buying a new set of training wheels, even over a set of high priced carbon clinchers. The brake performance on an carbon braking surface will never be that of an aluminum one, and you are not going to find a carbon clincher set that is that much lighter and that much more aero that the 101s. The 101s are also a great choice for someone who is interested in racing, but is not yet ready to make the commitment to a race only set of tubulars. The 101s are a bit more expensive that some of the other choices that you have from Shimano and Mavic but as always in the bike industry, you get what you pay for and with the 101s you definitely get ever penny's worth.