While you may not find yourself shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Boonen and Kristoff this spring, battling to stay in position, we can think of plenty of other ways to put Zipp's new 303 Firecrest Carbon Disc Brake v2 Tubular Road Wheel through a good workout. But don't let us assume maybe you will be lining up at the start line of Flanders or Paris Roubaix, in which case, the 303 Firecrest will be right at home, its predecessors having blasted through days of unrelenting weather and hand numbing cobblestones to deliver their riders to victory in both races already. Whether you trust it for your next 'cross race or take it out on a road or gravel ride through mixed conditions, the 303 Firecrest will adapt admirably, especially when stopping power comes from a dependable set of disc brakes. This year, new 77177D hubs and a weight loss of 35g bring an added dose of durability and efficiency to an already powerful wheelset. Zipp addresses aerodynamic efficiency along with control with the 303 Firecrest's rim profile, striking a balance between the two with a 45mm rim depth. This width ensures the wheel will handle reliably in crosswinds, as does Zipp's decision to align the wheel's center of pressure more closely with the steering axis, lessening the likelihood that the wheel will feel off balance in harsh gusts. We've all gone out for a ride on days that start out calm, only to discover a stiff, gusty breeze when we reach the top of a climb, already miles from home, and these characteristics make the 303 Firecrest a wheel that you can confidently bring out on days when the weather feels deceptive. With quick sprints and aggressive cornering in mind, Zipp rings the rim with a 26. 4mm brake track, lending it the stiffness you'll depend upon for racing without taking away a comfortable ride quality. Aerodynamic wheels and Zipp go hand in hand, and the 303 Firecrest received the same obsessive attention to efficiency as its aggressive siblings in the form of...