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2015 Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rear Wheel

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2015 Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Rear Wheel

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The Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher has many moods. It is less susceptible to side winds than a 15mm deep aluminum box-section rim. It's lighter and stronger than those rims, too. It is more aero than rims much deeper. All these features make it good for everything from training rides to cyclocross to mountainous road racing.
The rim is designed to be aero. The Firecrest shape is 32mm deep by 25.4mm wide at the widest point. The blunt end closely matches the curve of the tire, meaning whether the rim is the trailing or leading edge, it retains the same aero characteristics. This is the shallowest aero profile Zipp makes, which also means this is the lightest wheel set of Zipp's lineup. 1380g for the set.
Since Zipp's engineers are a restless lot, they've improved the rear hub for 2014. The hub shell has been redesigned to be stronger, which they did to achieve higher spoke tension. This results in the wheel riding straighter under intense side loading (think sprinting and turning). It also allowed them to remove an internal retainer ring that sat under the spokes: easier to work on truing the wheel if that ever proves necessarily. They also run on larger bearings  The rear hub has cross-two lacing on both sides to further strength; an innovation pushed by having super sprinter Mark Cavendish racing their wheels. Between the crosses and the hub shell positioning, the lacing is a virtual three-cross pattern, meaning that they were able to achieve the lateral rigidity of three-cross spoking, but with shorter, and thus lighter spokes.
They also investigated their decals. By switching to a thinner material, they were able to save approximately 23g per set.
The wheels are delivered with quick release skewers, rim strips, brake pads, and Zipp Tangente butyl road inner tubes. Remember to use only carbon-specific pads with your carbon rims, and never run them with aluminum rims. Zipp has taken innovation in their system to a new level with these tubes, which feature an aluminum, rather than brass, valve core. Lighter, better machined, and possessing a removable valve core. It also improves the balance of the spinning wheel. The wheels are not designed for compatibility with tubeless systems.
The Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is both for the gram-counters and the people who are uncomfortable with deep-section aero wheels.

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