Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics

AERO BALANCE™
Zipp’s sole mission is to help you go faster. That's why our wheels are race-ready before they're camera-ready. For years, Zipp has used a combination of testing methods – wind tunnel, CFD computer simulations, pro athlete evaluations, and on-road testing – to refine aero performance to new levels of excellence. Over the decades of innovation, our engineers have learned to look beyond just focusing on simply reducing aero drag. Instead, the goal now is to reduce aero drag while also minimizing the effects of crosswinds on handling. This optimizing of aero efficiency and crosswind stability became known internally at Zipp as AeroBalance™. The approach began with Firecrest technology and has been advanced with the introduction of the NSW lineup, especially with the Sawtooth™ technology found in the 454 and 858 NSW. Sawtooth™ accomplishes this with a series of patented fin-shaped Hyperfoil™ nodes along the inner diameter of the rim that work together with our new HexFin™ ABLC dimples for improved airflow.

 

More on Zipp’s approach to aerodynamics and AeroBalance™:

How Zipp Embraced Biomimicry
Biomimicry as a Catalyst for Innovation
The Great Weight vs. Aero Debate - a Mathematical Approach
How Zipp NSW Achieves Aero Balance