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202 Tubular

Zipp’s 202 Tubular is a versatile wheelset that climbs like a mountain goat and descends like an eagle. Its confirmation comes in the form of numerous Grand Tour stage wins. With the 77/177 hubset, this climber’s wheelset is even better.

To get to the base of the climb, the 202’s 32 mm toroidal profile was developed in the wind tunnel to roll on the flats as efficiently as many 45- to 50mm-deep rims. When the tarmac tilts upward, with superior stiffness and weight of only 1,180 grams, the 202 excels. Beyond the summit, the 202’s high lateral stiffness delivers precise handling on tricky descents and crisp accelerations to finish off the competition.

Now the inclusion of the 77/177 hubset provides best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment:

  • Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim® CX-Ray spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness without sacrificing weight or robustness.
  • Includes redesigned 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.
  • New robust hub platform with distinctive graphics.
  • For those looking for a wider gear range, or tackling especially extreme terrain, a XDR driver body for 177 is sold separately and easily installed to allow for more cassette options including a 10-42. The hubset is designed to swap driver bodies without re-dishing wheel.

Each 202 Tubular wheel comes with Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, and quick release.


Front wheel: $950 / €1,000
Rear wheel:  $1,150 / €1,200

Set Weight 1180g
Max recommended rider weight (lbs) 225lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 510g
Hub Used 77
Rim Depth 32.0mm
Brake Track Width (center) 22.56mm
Max Width 22.61mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern Radial
Spoke Length 274mm
Track Adaptable Yes
Dimpled Surface Yes
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 670g
Hub Used 177
Rim Depth 32.0mm
Brake Track Width (center) 22.56mm
Max Width 22.61mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24
Spoke Length Non-Drive 284mm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive 2 cross
Spoke Length Drive 284mm
Spoke Pattern Drive 2 cross
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
XDR Driver Body Compatible Yes
Road Bike Action - Tech News: Zipp 202 Wheelset  August 2009

Used by Carlos Sastre to win on Alpe d’Huez and subsequently the 2008 Tour de France. The Zipp 202s are made for the mountains. Click here to read the online review.  

Gen Now. Christian Vande Velde.  May 2009

Road Magazine recently spoke with Christian Vande is what he had to say about his experience with Zipp:

You’ve been using Zipp wheels for four years, what models are you going to be using this year? When the 1080’s came out I rode it around the parking lot, tested it in the wind tunnel and knew it was going to be a great wheel. The new 202’s have come a long way. They use to keep those in the trailer only to use on climbing days. Now those wheels are great and can be used for almost everything. They’re really fast on the flats and awesome on the climbs. Zipp is great and I don’t think there’s anyone better as far as the whole line of wheels go. From the flats, to the climbs, to the time trials, they are the best wheels on the market.

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