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Persistence Against Resistance

404 Firestrike™ Carbon Clincher Limited
Firestrike™

In 2010, Firecrest® set a new standard for speed. Our mathematically derived rim shape marked a new age in wheel design allowing all of us to go faster through greater aerodynamic performance and stability in a bicycle wheel.

Our 2014 Firestrike design, which draws on the same rim patent used in Firecrest, marks the next evolution. We started with our venerable 404 wheelset, added our all-new Showstopper™ brake track technology and packed in a host of technological advancements to create the most advanced and highest performing wheelset in our 26 year history.

  • New CFD (computational fluid dynamics) designed Firestrike rim shape provides a 34% reduction in side force while maintaining the aero performance of our Firecrest rims, for the ultimate in aero balance.
  • Revised ABLC® (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control) smooths airflow through more frequent and smaller vortices, providing unmatched stability and control on even the windiest days.
  • Showstopper applies a molded in, brake track pattern and introduces a Silicon Carbide (SiC) surface for wet weather braking. This results in equal brake force in wet conditions when compared to industry leading aluminum rims. Showstopper technology delivers greater stopping power in wet conditions than any carbon wheel ever produced.
  • The Zipp 88/188v10* is a highly refined version of our pro-proven 88/188v9 hubset. In addition to the added torsional stiffness gained through the virtual 3X lacing pattern utilizing Sapim® CX-Ray® spokes, we’ve precision set the bearing preload. That means no bearing pre-load adjustment required. Smooth rolling ceramic bearings put every last watt into moving you toward your goal.
  • Graphic Options
    • Impress™ direct print graphics create a unique and lasting impression of the 4 most feared letters in speed, Z-I-P-P.
    • Beyond Black Decals are so stealthy your competition won't see you coming (Not available in European markets)
  • 17.25mm wide clincher bead results in less tire deformation for better cornering performance.
  • Completely refined rim production process creates the most durable rims we’ve ever built, strong enough to conquer the toughest roads between Paris and Roubaix.

Whether it‘s aero drag, wind induced steering torque, rain soaked roads, or tight corners, overcoming the resistive forces that are slowing you down is our sole mission. Included with each 404 Firestrike Wheelset:

  • 2 Zipp Rim Tapes 700c*20mm
  • 2 Zipp Black Titanium Skewers
  • 2 Zipp Valve Extensions
  • 2 Zipp Tubes 700c*23mm
  • 2 Zipp Single Wheel Bags
  • 4 Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pads (Recommended and approved for Firestrike)

Limited Quantities Available Now


MSRP:

Front wheel $1,625 Impress Graphic / $1,575 Beyond Black Decal / €1,380 / £1,179
Rear wheel $1,975 Impress Grapnic/ $1,925 Beyond Black Decal / € 1,750 / £ 1,500

*188v10 hubset and associated hubset parts are not cross-compatible with the 188v9 hubset or hubset parts.

Set Weight 1620g
Max recommended rider weight 250lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 725g
Hub Used 88v10
Rim Depth 58mm
Brake Track Width (center) 26.4mm
Max Width 27.8mm
Clincher Bead Width 17.25mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern Radial
Spoke Length 246mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
Track Adaptable Yes
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing Included
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 895g
Hub Used 188v10
Rim Depth 58mm
Brake Track Width (center) 26.4mm
Max Width 27.8mm
Clincher Bead Width 17.25mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24
Spoke Length Non-Drive 252mm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive 2 cross
Spoke Pattern Drive 2 cross
Spoke Length Drive 250mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing Included
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Peloton Features Firestrike  September 2014 [pdf]

In its Sept. 2014 issue, Peloton Magazine captures touts the exclusivity and innovations of Firestrike including greater stability, handing and stopping power in wet conditions.
Quote:
“Increasing confidence in crosswinds meant a new rim shape, yet one that would not lose any of its drag-reducing performance; to achieve this, the Firestrike is almost 2mm wider across the entire cross-section compared to Firecrest. New dimples in a wave pattern also help stability, and together result in a 34 percent reduction in side force. The wider rim increases handling confidence because, with internal width of 17.25mm, a tire’s volume increases and road feel improves.”

Firestrike™

The all-new Firestrike rim is the latest technology built on the same rim patent used in Firecrest. Using Firecrest as a building block, our engineers continued to develop around the principle technologies that made the rim shape great.

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Carbon Clincher

Our superior Carbon Clincher technology is the culmination of two years of intensive prototyping and testing. We worked with our composites supplier to develop an exclusive heat-resistant resin based on the materials used in motorsports brake systems. This proprietary technology improves heat management so substantially that all Zipp Carbon Clinchers pass stringent CEN safety standards.

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ABLC™  (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control)

Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on all of our carbon rims. ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model from the 202 to the Super-9 Disc. The third-generation of ABLC has up to four times more dimples than before.

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Showstopper

Showstopper™ is a complimenting pairing of a directional, molded-in, texture with silicon carbide particles suspended in the surface resin.

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