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Back 8.26.2015

Firecrest Reborn

Zipp’s wheel lineup that changed everything changes again

Zipp’s Firecrest® wheel lineup and its specialty 202 Tubular climbing wheelset revolutionized what’s possible with high-performance carbon wheels. Purpose built for every cycling situation, these wheels have been ridden to victory in the world’s greatest races. They’ve also helped cyclists across the globe break personal barriers and discover the joy (and science) of speed.

Now Firecrest is reborn. Think high speed, low maintenance. The same great Firecrest rim, with its unmatched aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability, is now laced to the new low-maintenance 77/177 hubset. This improvement extends to the entire rim-brake Firecrest lineup – from 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest models – as well as the 202 Tubular. The addition of Zipp’s 77/177 hubset raises Firecrest to whole new level: Best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed. Zipp’s exclusive resin for Firecrest is based on materials used in motorsports braking systems to effectively tolerate incredible spikes in heat caused by braking. The result: No heat related failures for Firecrest Carbon Clinchers.

Reborn with 77/177

  • Laced into the 202 Tubular; 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher; 303 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher; 404 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher; 404 (650c) Firecrest Carbon Clincher, and 808 Firecrest Tubular and Carbon Clincher.
  • Includes newly designed quick-release skewers with a wider more ergonomic handle to provide more leverage for opening and closing. When closed, lever contours neatly with the frame.
  • Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim® CX-Sprint spokes (CX-Ray for 202 Tubular) to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness without sacrificing weight or robustness.
  • New robust hub shape with distinctive graphics.
  • 17mm axle.
  • For those looking for a wider gear range, or tackling especially extreme terrain, a XD driver body for 177 is sold separately and easily installed to allow for more cassette options including our wide range 10-42t cassette. The hubset is designed to swap driver bodies without the need to re-dish the wheel.

Firecrest Difference
Firecrest rim technology’s revolutionary potential was discovered in 2010 when Zipp set out to offer its first Carbon Clincher wheel. Soon Firecrest revolutionized how we thought about wheel aerodynamics and interactions – considering airflow over the front and back of the wheel vs. just front-to-back airflow. Our proprietary Firecrest rim rewrote the fundamentals of wheel making, resulting in improved aerodynamics, braking performance, ride quality, wheel strength, and stability in even the strongest of crosswinds. It remains the benchmark for:

Speed: Firecrest technology, with rims that maintain a near- constant width almost all the way to the spoke bed, is the first aero profile that effectively controls airflow around the back half of the wheel.

Stability: Firecrest wheels offer stable, predictable handling at every wind angle by moving the center of pressure – the focal point of side forces on the rim – to its optimal location near the steering axis.

Strength:
A wider rim and proprietary resin system and manufacturing process increases lateral stiffness for sprinting and cornering yet offers greater vertical compliance for more control, comfort, and durability on rough surfaces.

Proven Palmarès
In September 2010, Zipp announced the expansion of Firecrest rim technology from the original 404 Carbon Clincher to tubulars and different rim depths. Just a month later, Australian Chris "Macca" McCormack, aboard brand new 808 Firecrest wheels, scorched the course at Kona to become Ironman® World Champion. In just a few short years, Firecrest wheels have been ridden to victory in many of the world’s top cycling events and triathlons:

Road Racing and Cyclocross
Paris-Roubaix
Tour de France stages
Giro d’Italia stages
Vuelta a España stages and overall
Milan-San Remo
Amstel Gold Race
London Games Women’s Individual Time Trial
UCI World Road Championships Elite Men
UCI World Time Trial Championships Elite Men
UCI World Team Time Trial Championships Pro Men
UCI World Cyclocross Championships Elite Men

Triathlon
London Games Men’s Triathlon
Multiple Ironman® World Championships Pro Men’s and Women’s
Ironman® 70.3 World Championship
ITU® World Series
Ironman® Austria Ironman distance record 7:45:58

 

202 Tubular
Weight: 1,180g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 32mm
Max. width: 22.61mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Ray
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,000/ €2,100/ £1,600
Retail Availability: September 2015

202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Weight: 1,450g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 32mm
Max. width: 25.4mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,100/ €2,200/ £1,680
Retail Availability: September 2015

303 Firecrest Tubular
Weight: 1,390g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 45mm
Max. width: 28.5mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,000/ €2,100/ £1,600
Retail Availability: September 2015

303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Weight: 1,625g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 45mm
Max. width: 28.5mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,100/ €2,200/ £1,680
Retail Availability: September 2015

404 Firecrest Tubular
Weight: 1,505g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 58mm
Max. width: 26.53mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,000/ €2,100/ £1,600
Retail Availability: September 2015

404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Weight: 1,690g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 58mm
Max. width: 26.53mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,100/ €2,200/ £1,680
Retail Availability: September 2015

404 650c Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Weight: 1,595g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 58mm
Max. width: 26.53mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,100/ €2,200/ £1,680
Retail Availability: September 2015

808 Firecrest Tubular
Weight: 1,700g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 82mm
Max. width: 27.5mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,300/ €2,400/ £1,840
Retail Availability: September 2015

808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Weight: 1,885g per wheelset
Wheel depth: 82mm
Max. width: 27.5mm
Spoke count (front): 18
Spoke count (rear): 24
Spokes: Sapim® CX-Sprint
Hubs: 77/177
Available in 10/11-Speed cassette body
MSRP wheelset: $2,350/ €2,500/ £1,920
Retail Availability: September 2015