Zipp’s Firecrest Reborn

Zipp’s Firecrest® wheel lineup and its specialty 202 Tubular climbing wheelset revolutionized what’s possible with high performance carbon wheels. Purpose built for every cycling situation, these wheels have been ridden to victory in the world’s greatest races. They’ve also helped cyclists across the globe break barriers and discover the joy (and science) of speed.

Now Firecrest is reborn. Think high speed, low maintenance. The same great Firecrest rim, with its unmatched aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability, is now laced to the new maintenance-free 77/177 hubset. This improvement is being made to the entire rim-brake Firecrest lineup – from 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest models – as well as the 202 Tubular. The addition of the 77/177 hubset raises Firecrest to a whole new level: Best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed. Zipp’s exclusive resin for Firecrest is based on materials used in motorsports braking systems to effectively tolerate incredible spikes in heat caused by braking. The result: No heat related failures for Firecrest Carbon Clinchers.

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REBORN WITH 77/177

• Laced into the 202 Tubular; 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher; 303 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher; 404 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher; 404 (650c) Firecrest Carbon Clincher, and 808 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher.
• Includes newly designed quick-release skewers with a wider more ergonomic handle to provide more leverage for opening and closing. When closed, lever contours neatly with the frame.
• Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim® CX Sprint spokes (CX-Ray for 202 Tubular) to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness without sacrificing weight or robustness.
• New robust hub shape with distinctive graphics.
• 17mm axle.
• For those looking for a wider gear range, or tackling especially extreme terrain, a XD driver body for 177 is sold separately and easily installed to allow for more cassette options including a 10-42. The hubset is designed to swap driver bodies without re-dishing wheel.

FIRECREST DIFFERENCE

Firecrest rim technology’s revolutionary potential was discovered in 2010 when Zipp set out to offer its first Carbon Clincher wheel. Soon Firecrest revolutionized how we thought about wheel aerodynamics and interactions – considering airflow over the front and back of the wheel vs. just front-to-back airflow. Our proprietary Firecrest rim rewrote the fundamentals of wheel making, resulting in improved aerodynamics, braking performance, ride quality, wheel strength, and stability in even the strongest of crosswinds. It remains the benchmark:

Speed: Firecrest technology, with rims that maintain a near- constant width almost all the way to the spoke bed, is the first aero profile that effectively controls airflow around the back half of the wheel.

Stability: Firecrest wheels offer stable, predictable handling at every wind angle by moving the center of pressure – the focal point of side forces on the rim – to its optimal location near the steering axis.

Strength: A wider rim and proprietary resin system and manufacturing process increases lateral stiffness for sprinting and cornering yet offers greater vertical compliance for more control, comfort, and durability on rough surfaces.

PROVEN PALMAR

In September 2010, Zipp announced the expansion of Firecrest rim technology from the original 404 Carbon Clincher to tubulars and different rim depths. Just a month later, Australian Chris “Macca” McCormack, aboard brand new 808 Firecrest wheels, scorched the course at Kona to become Ironman® World Champion. In just a few short years, Firecrest wheels have been ridden to victory in many of the world’s top cycling events and triathlons:

Road Racing and Cyclocross: Paris-Roubaix, Tour de France stages, Giro d’Italia stages, Vuelta a España stages and overall, Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold Race, London Games Women’s Individual Time Trial, UCI World Road Championships Elite Men, UCI World Time Trial Championships Elite Men, UCI World Team Time Trial Championships Pro Men, UCI World Cyclocross Championships Elite Men Triathlon: London Games Men’s.

Triathlon, Multiple Ironman® World Championships Pro Men’s and Women’s, Ironman® 70.3 World Championship, ITU World Series, Ironman Austria Ironman distance record 7:45:58.

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Zipp 202 Tubular

• Weight: 1,180g per wheelset
• Wheel depth: 32mm
• Max. width: 22.6mm
• Spoke count (front): 18 (rear): 24
• Hubs: 77/177
• Sapim® CX-Ray® spokes
MSRP: $2,000 / €2,100 / £1,600
Retail Availability: September 2015

Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher

• Weight: 1,450g per wheelset
• Wheel depth: 32mm
• Max. width: 25.4mm
• Spoke count (front): 18 (rear): 24
• Hubs: 77/177
• Sapim® CX-Sprint® spokes
MSRP: $2,100 / €2,200 / £1,680
Retail Availability: September 2015

Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher / Tubular

• Weight: 1,625g per wheelset (Carbon Clincher)
1,390g per wheelset (Tubular)
• Wheel depth: 45mm
• Max. width: 28.5mm
• Spoke count (front): 18 (rear): 24
• Hubs: 77/177
• Sapim® CX-Sprint® spokes
MSRP: $2,100 / €2,200 / £1,680 (Carbon Clincher)
$2,000 / €2,100 / £1,600 (Tubular)
Retail Availability: September 2015

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Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher / Tubular

• Weight: 1,690g per wheelset (Carbon Clincher)
1,505g per wheelset (Tubular)
• Wheel depth: 58mm
• Max. width: 26.5mm
• Spoke count (front): 18 (rear): 24
• Hubs: 77/177
• Sapim® CX-Sprint® spokes
MSRP: $2,100 / €2,200 / £1,680 (Carbon Clincher)
$2,000 / €2,100 / £1,600 (Tubular)
Retail Availability: September 2015

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Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher / Tubular

• Weight: 1,885g per wheelset (Carbon Clincher)
1,700g per wheelset (Tubular)
• Wheel depth: 82mm
• Max. width: 27.5mm
• Spoke count (front): 18 (rear): 24
• Hubs: 77/177
• Sapim® CX-Sprint® spokes
MSRP: $2,400 / €2,500 / £1,920 (Carbon Clincher)
$2,300 / €2,400 / £1,840 (Tubular)
Retail Availability: September 2015

EACH WHEELS INCLUDES

• Quick-release skewers
• Valve core extenders
• Wrench for extenders
• Zipp rim tape *Carbon Clincher Only

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.