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2015 Zipp 202 Firecrest Tubular Rear Wheel

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2015 Zipp 202 Firecrest Tubular Rear Wheel

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There's a guy who swears by these Zipp 202 Carbon Tubular wheels. He's the biggest general classification threat in all of cycling,  Alberto Contador. He rides them in the mountains, he rides them on the flats, he rides them on mid-mountain stages as well.
There's a simple reason he rides them. They weigh 1,140g for the set and they're still aero. Feathery light rims not only climb great but accelerate great as well. But he's not the only one. These are the wheels that come out when any Zipp-sponsored racer has a mountain stage to conquer.
The rims are 32mm deep by 22.61mm wide. The depth, thanks to Zipp's CFD-shaping insights, rides into the wind like rims much deeper rim but handles crosswinds like rims much shallower. And the width acts both as a better gluing surface and better shroud for the tire when it is the leading edge, and a better foil when it's the trailing.
While the rim has remained the same, Zipp has improved the rear hub. It's a new shell, rolling on larger bearings, and a new lacing pattern that is laterally stronger, for better tracking. They call it a virtual three-cross pattern, which means that even though each spoke crosses two other spokes, the positioning thanks to the flange is such that it has the stiffness of a three-cross pattern, 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. As that is rotating weight, the wheels will climb faster.
The wheels are delivered with quick release skewers and brake pads. Remember to use only carbon-specific pads with your carbon rims, and never run them with aluminum rims.
The Zipp 202 Carbon Tubular is the mountain goats wheel of choice.

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