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2016 Zipp 202 Tubular Rear Wheel

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2016 Zipp 202 Tubular Rear Wheel

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There’s a simple reason for the Zipp 202 Tubular. Most mountainous races have almost as much downhill as up. And that’s why teams like AG2R lever in these wheels in mountain stages. It’s also part of the reason why Alexis Vuillermoz and Romain Bardet were able to pull of stage wins in the 2015 Tour de France on these wheels.

They weigh 1,180g for the set (510g front, 670g rear) and they're still aero. Feathery light rims that not only climb great but accelerate great as well. But these two are not the only who have tasted success on 202’s. These are the wheels that come out when any Zipp-sponsored racer has a mountain stage to conquer.

The rim is, of course, paramount in cheating the wind. It’s 32mm deep, starting at 22.56mm wide at the brake track, opening up to 22.61mm before the blunt end starts curving toward the spokes. The idea is that with a 22-25mm tire stuck on the rim, the leading and trailing edges will be nearly the same shape. Furthering the aero benefits are the ABLC dimple pattern. With these two features, you not only have great aero benefits into a headwind, but also barely notice the depth in a crosswind. And the wide rim is not only more impact resistant, but better supports the tire, meaning that it holds better in turns, deflects better rolling over bumps, and improves comfort while lowering rolling resistance.

The hub set has been improved as well. It’s new called 77/177, and the reason why this is effectively a new wheel. The pre-load adjustment of the older 88/188 set is gone, simplifying things, as well as designing in lower lateral loading so the bearings roll more smoothly. The front flanges are taller, wider, and hold the spokes in a stronger position. The rear flanges are arranged in a star pattern, allowing for better bracing angles and yielding a strong cross-two pattern and higher spoke tensions. There’s a small, but real weight savings realized as well. These wheels are laterally stiffer, which means better tracking in front and better power transfer in the back.

For rear wheels, Zipp offers both a Campagnolo-compatible, and Shimano/SRAM-compatible cassette body. The latter comes with a spacer for 8/9/10-speed cassettes. In both cases, the 177 hub body allows you to install a SRAM XD-cassette body for super-wide range gearing.

The wheel is delivered with a Zipp quick release skewer and Zipp Platinum Pro brake pads. Both have been updated: the skewer for better ergonomics and aerodynamics, and the pads for greater surface area as well as cooling. Zipp strongly recommends use of their pads on their rims and warns against using carbon-specific pads on aluminum rims.
Also included is a Zipp valve extender, which mates with the removable core of your tubular tire.

The Zipp 202 Tubular Wheel is a climber and a time trialist, and a sprinter. It even has the brawn to go toe-to-toe with the toughest ‘crossers.

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