Shape is Everything
Production of the Zipp 101 is now complete as of November 2013. The 101 will still be available at your local bicycle shop and we will continue to support this product through our normal sales and service channels.
Aero wheels are faster for every rider at every speed. Zipp®’s more than two decades of research, testing and results have proven that point. We’ve also shown that fine-tuning rim shape can significantly improve aerodynamics without sacrificing weight, acceleration or handling.
For the Zipp 101, we’ve transferred that knowledge into the world’s most aerodynamically advanced aluminum wheelset. It’s the most affordable way to take advantage of Zipp’s cutting-edge aero technologies and premium build quality. After all, these are the wheels pros log tens of thousands of tough training miles on each year.
The 101’s centerpiece is the first fully toroidal aluminum rim, developed in the wind tunnel with a proprietary profile curve extending across the braking surfaces. With this patented design, the 30 mm-deep 101 can exceed the aerodynamic performance of V-shaped rims with much deeper aero profiles. And no shallow-profile design comes close to the 101 in the wind tunnel or on the road, where the 101 can save up to 42 seconds over 40 km compared with the industry’s benchmark aluminum wheelset.
Creating the 101 required developing new technologies to conduct wind-tunnel testing using structural prototypes with fully inflated clincher tires. This makes the resulting test data more accurate and realistic than ever before. After our engineers honed in on the fastest shape, the manufacturing process required its own set of innovations for rolling, welding and machining the 101’s precisely curved toroidal profile.
With a maximum width of 23.79 mm to complement most common tire sizes, the bulged profile of the 101 smoothes airflow around the wheel more effectively than typical narrow rim designs. The 101’s wide platform also resists pinch flatting, improves lateral stiffness and provides stable handling without tire “squirm” on rough surfaces.
Because the rim is narrower at the hook bead than in the middle, the 101 can be used safely with tires as narrow as 21 mm, unlike other wide-profile clincher rims. The 101 is optimized for tires in the 23 to 25 mm range, those preferred by most roadies. The maximum recommended tire width for the 101 is 35 mm.
The 101’s rims are precision machined in Indianapolis. The 101 is laced with 18 front and 20 rear Sapim® CX-Ray spokes and Zipp’s new 88 /188 hubs with a wider bearing stance and Swiss steel bearings. The hubs are manufactured in Indiana using the proprietary Z310.9 alloy and feature oversize 17 mm axles and adjustable bearing preload.
Note: Zipp wheels for model year 2013, which began shipping in October 2012, are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains.
The 101 weighs 1,530 g per wheelset. It is available in 700c clincher, with black rims and Classic White decals.
This wheelset is not tubeless compatible.
Use 700c x 18mm rim tape with this wheelsetMSRP:
Front wheel $597 / €553
Cycling Plus reviews Zipp 101 September 2012 [pdf]
In its October 2012 issue, Cycling Plus (UK) has tested the Zipp 101, noting that the wheelset has "truly stunning handling." Click on PDF for full review.
"2010 Zipp 101 Wheelset" November 2010 [pdf]
Liberty Sports Magazine reviews the all new Zipp 101.
Clinch, cinch and get out of a pinch October 2010 [pdf]
VeloNews reviews the new Zipp 101 in their November 2010 issue.
Bicycling.com Reviews the Zipp 101 August 2010
Bicycling Magazine reviews the Zipp 101.
Wheels User Manual [pdf]
88/188 Hub Technology
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. The wire EDM-cut hub internals are the most precise. When it comes to precision and performance, there's really no comparison.
Electron Discharge Machining allows us to cut the materials for our rear hub drive internals after they’ve been hardened through heat treating, negating the warping and imprecision caused by the heat-treating process.
Zipp is the only company specifying Swiss made highly specialized ball bearing cartridges. Working with a family owned Swiss bearing manufacturer, Zipp is able to attain a superior level of bearing smoothness and long life. Zipp ball bearings are specified to 10 millionths of an inch tolerance, guaranteeing that they are at least 2.5 times rounder and better matched than most company’s “high precision” balls, and more than five times tighter than most “precision” balls.