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404 Firestrike™ Tubular Limited
Firestrike™

From Zipp, the leading engineers of speed for more than a quarter century, comes a pioneering wheelset – the Zipp 404 Firestrike™ Tubular. Think limited availability, unlimited capabilities.

Each version of Firestrike has limited availability – we manufactured just four hundred and four (404) wheelsets each for the new 404 Firestrike Tubular and 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher.

 

 

The 404 Firestrike Tubular is designed for durability and impact resistance while still being light weight, at just 1,395 grams. With its versatile 58mm rim depth it stands as our pinnacle offering to overcome the resistive forces slowing you down – whether it’s aero drag, wind-induced steering torque, rain soaked roads, or tight corners.

A key development within the 404 Firestrike Tubular is Carbon Shield™, a new ply sequence of unidirectional carbon as well as a new mold-tool design and mold process to achieve optimal laminate properties for a strong and light weight tubular rim. This new process was verified and refined during in 2013 during test-riding sessions with top riders from one of Zipp’s UCI ProTeams. These sprinters and strongmen hammered away on prototype wheels built with a variant of Carbon Shield™ on le Carrefour de l’Arbre, one of Paris-Roubaix’ punishing five-star cobblestone sectors. The pros took repeated test runs on the cobbles at race speed, including with lower than normal air pressure, yet the rims remained undamaged. That innovation was rolled into the 404 Firestrike Tubular. 

Additional new innovations and features in the 404 Firestrike Tubular:

  • Zipp’s ImPress™ direct-print black razor graphic for improved aesthetics and weight savings over traditional decals.
  • Newly designed titanium quick-release skewers have a wider more ergonomic handle to provide more leverage for opening and closing. When closed, the lever contours neatly with the frame.
  • CeramicSpeed® bearings are the lowest resistance hybrid ceramic (ceramic balls and steel races). Smooth rolling bearings put every last watt into moving you toward your goal.
  • Zipp Valve Extenders by Silca™ provides easy inflation with an external gasket for no annoying rattle at the valve hole.

Zipp’s Firestrike design, which draws on the same rim patent used in Firecrest®, also includes premium performance advancements:

  • Showstopper™ brake track technology applies a molded in brake track pattern and introduces a Silicon Carbide (SiC) surface for wet weather braking. Showstopper technology delivers greater stopping power in wet conditions than any carbon wheel ever produced, offering braking on par with aluminum braking surfaces.
  • 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.
  • The Zipp 88/188v10 hubset adds torsional stiffness gained through the use of a 2-cross lacing pattern utilizing Sapim® CX-Ray® spokes and precision-set the bearing pre-load. That means no bearing pre-load adjustment is ever required.

Each 404 Firestrike Tubular includes Zipp black titanium skewer, Zipp valve extender by Silca™, Zipp individual wheel bag and Zipp Platinum Pro Evo brake pads.

Pair 404 Firestrike Tubulars with Zipp Tangente SLSpeed Tubular Tires (sold separately MSRP $100.00, €89.00) for optimized rolling resistance.

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


MSRP:

Front $1,625, €1,450
Rear $1,975, €1,750

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Set Weight 1395g
Max recommended rider weight 250lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 620g
Hub Used 88v10
Rim Depth 58mm
Brake Track Width (center) 26.4mm
Max Width 27.8mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern Radial
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing CeramicSpeed®
Nipples Sapim® secure-lock
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 775g
Hub Used 188v10
Rim Depth 58mm
Max Width 27.8mm
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
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing CeramicSpeed®
Nipples Sapim® secure-lock
External Nipples Yes
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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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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Carbon Shield™

A key development within the 404 Firestrike Tubular is Carbon Shield™, a new ply sequence of unidirectional carbon as well as a new mold-tool design and mold process to achieve optimal laminate properties for a strong and light weight tubular rim.