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2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels

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2012 zipp 303 firecrest front and rear tubular wheels   2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels
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One of the leading front and rear tubular bike wheels for 2012 is the redesigned 303 Firecrest from Zipp. Crafted with a 27.5mm-wide rim profile, the 303 Firecrest is amazingly tough. Moreover, by flexing, these wheels absorb bumps effectively.

Though already outstanding, the impact resistance of the Carbon Bridge technology used by Zipp on these wheels is even further enhanced. Also, it makes radial compliance very comfortable and lenient. Its wide rim tackles accelerations, sprinting, and cornering with an increased lateral stiffness.

Weighing in at only 1171g per wheelset, the 2012 Zipp 303 Firecrest Front and Rear Tubular Wheels are incredibly lightweight. Even when compared to the climbing wheels that compromise aerodynamics, durability, and ride quality to reduce weight, the 303 Firecrest is still lighter.

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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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2011 Zipp Sub-9 Disc

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2011 zipp sub 9 disc   2011 Zipp Sub 9 Disc

With its amazing aerodynamic features, the 2011 Zipp Sub-9 Disc takes pride in its professional competitiveness. In fact, while it features a wind angle of 12 to 18 degrees, the Zipp Sub-9 was paired with Zipp’s 21mm Tangente tire making it the first wheel ever to create forward lift.

Zipp was able to achieve this by incorporating a toroidal bulge that is similar to their 1080 and 808 spoked wheels around the edge of the disc. By doing this, the airflow at the wheel’s leading and trailing edges is controlled, resulting in an enhanced aero performance.

Moreover, through the vertical compliance of the bulge, the Sub-9 disc is glued to the road when cornering. This results to a comfortable ride making it the ideal for long-course triathletes. With the 2011 Zipp Sub-9 Disc, Zipp shifted from reducing drag to exploiting momentum.

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Service Course Stem by Zipp

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With the all-new Service Course Stem by Zipp comes a combination of power, strength, and stiffness in just 130 grams. Zipp does not just give us these levels but also provides a classic design with its aluminum components such as its Course Stem.

To securing all the surrounded parts of such stem, it uses a 7075 aluminum high-strength 3D-forged construction to deliver outstanding performance to complements the bike’s frame job.

With 14 sizes designed to go with any ride, this Zipp Service Course Stem has an MSRP of $70….

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Zipp 808 Rims 2011

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zipp 808 rims 300x199   Zipp 808 Rims 2011Eurobike revealed Zipp‘s new rims for 2011, the 808. It features the Firecrest profile which first appeared on the 404 clincher. The Zipp 808 rims has wide walls and blunt inner rim wall. The airflow is kept close to the wheel and goes out on the wheel’s path for better airflow. It also has a wide tire bed so matching it with 23c tubular tires is easy. This results to better road impact and resistance.

The Zipp 808 rims has carbon clincher version with similar features as with its tubular counterpart. The weight for Zipp 808 tubular rims are 1519g. The carbon clincher weighs 1759g. It also has clincher wheels with aluminum braking which weighs 1912g. Pricing for the rims are $2500 (tubular), $2950 (carbon clincher) and $2500 (aluminum braking surfaces).

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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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