Zipp 202 Firecrest
The new Zipp 202 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher is all about aiming higher. Zipp took their classic 202 wheelset -- the legendary climber’s companion -- and transformed it into a stiff, lightweight, aerodynamic, and comfortable speed weapon ideal for every road and any distance. That’s the power of Firecrest and Zipp's proprietary Carbon Clincher resin technology. At just 1,375 g, the new 202 is the lightest entry in the Firecrest Carbon Clincher lineup, and the first carbon clincher from Zipp directly targeting the European market. Retaining the classic 32mm rim depth of its predecessor, coupled with the aerodynamic and handling stability of the proven Firecrest profile which has redefined the classic road wheel.
Zipp’s two most profound recent wheel innovations, the Firecrest rim shape and Carbon Clincher technology, form the foundation of the new 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher. Firecrest rims have a near-constant width from brake track to spoke bed to improve aerodynamics and better control airflow. Zipp uses Computational Fluid Dynamics software analysis to maximize aerodynamics and minimize wind-produced torque, resulting in a 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher that is faster and better handling than a classic road wheel. Their Firecrest rim shape improves stability by moving the wheel’s center of pressure to sit almost directly over the steering axis, where wind-produced steering torque has a minimal effect.
Based on materials used in motor-sports braking systems, Zipp's exclusive resin is at the heart of Carbon Clincher technology. Effectively tolerating the incredible spikes in heat caused by braking providing the rider reliable stopping power. Combine that with the included Tangente Platinum brake pad, and you have unmatched performance with confidence of a traditional aluminum clincher.
“The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher forced me to re-evaluate where I could ride such a light pair of wheels - besides the longest climbs I could find, it was really everywhere else that I realized how special they were,” said Tim Johnson, veteran pro cyclist and Cannondale athlete. “My training has been varied and the 202 Firecrest was the perfect wheel in every situation. From motor-pacing to TT work to dirt road climbs at elevation, they were always light & stiff and I could just toss in a new tube if I flatted.”
With the new Firecrest rim shape in Zipp 202 Carbon Clinchers, Zipp wheels make a bigger difference in more ways than ever. Not only is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds, wheel strength, and overall ride quality.
Every aspect of our 88 and 188 hubs sets a new benchmark. The standard steel bearings are the roundest in the industry. The 17mm axle is the stiffest of any road hub we've tested. When it comes to precision and performance, there's really no comparison.
Zipp's Carbon Clincher technology is an exclusive resin, based on materials used in motorsports braking systems, which effectively tolerates the incredible spikes in heat caused by braking which provides you with reliability and stopping power.
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