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2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset

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2012 hed ardennes fr clincher wheelset   2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset

One of the wheelsets offering great performance is the 23mm-wide clincher wheelset called Ardennes FR, which was released by Steve Hed for 2012. The FR in its name stands for Flamme Rouge, which is the top-shelf designation of Hed.

Aluminum-rimmed, the Ardennes FR is a lightweight wheelset that offers incredible speed and strength. With this wheelset, gripping the road is significantly better for any tire. A body option allows riders to choose between a Shimano/SRAM-spline and Campagnolo-spline cassette.

In the alloy wheel category, the 2012 HED Ardennes FR Clincher Wheelset is definitely one of the favorite picks. The stallion build of the wheelset makes it ideal for cyclists who weigh between 87 to 102kg. Also, the skewer and ratchet ring of the wheels are titanium.

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2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset

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2011 zipp 404 firecrest carbon clincher wheelset   2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset

Finally released after two years of developing, the 2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset takes pride in its well thought out features. These include the wheelset’s unique and innovative aero rim shape and carbon materials.

Among all deep-profile carbon clincher designs, the Firecrest rim shape is the first one to provide advanced aerodynamics, strength, ride quality, and handling of a broader rim body. Weighing 557g per wheelset, it is one of the lightest deep-profile carbon clinchers on the market.

Although quite pricey, the 2011 Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheelset is one of the best all-around wheelset for bicycle racing out there. Though designed as race wheels, these can also be used for frequent training with reliable durability.

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Zipp Clinchers 101 Wheelset

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new zipp clinchers 101 300x199   Zipp Clinchers 101 WheelsetZipp comes out with “the world’s most aerodynamically advanced aluminum wheelset” called the 101. It features a toroidal rim (curved surfaces), high quality steel bearings and boasts of a 42 second advantage over 40km against V-shaped rims that are deeper than the 101 which has 30mm deep rims.

The Zipp 101 has a maximum width of 24.5mm which allows you to use 21mm-35mm tire width. Due to the 101’s width, flats are less likely to occur and lateral stiffness is improved.

The advanced 101 makes use of Zipp’s 88/188 hubs made from Z310.0 alloy which also allows bearing adjustment. Spokes are Sapim CX-Rays, 18 front and 20 rear with oversized 17mm axles. The 101 weighs 1523g per wheelset and is available in 700c clincher only. Retail price is £1,100 per pair.

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Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher

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zipp 404 carbon clincher   Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher

The Zipp 404 Carbon Clincher is the first all-carbon wheel set from the company. This newly developed rim set was originally patterned from Firecrest. Zipp designed this new wheel set to deliver a 1557g wheel set with a 58mm rim. The full profile has a high radius curve that can be adjusted to the width of the rim from 25.5mm to a 27.5mm braking track which is also its widest point.

Spending two years on creating this product, Zipp Technical Director Josh Poertner claimed this to be something that people are looking forward to. So far this is also one of the biggest leap they had even taken this year.

The Carbon Clincher is wider and has a less tapered shape that its tubular 404 which gives a great improvement on the aerodynamics of the rear wheel. This is also stiffer than the regular ones thanks to the extra width in the…

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