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404 650c Clincher

Note: Production of the Zipp 404 650c hybrid clincher ended in June 2012.  Zipp will continue to provide ongoing support for this product through our normal sales/service channels.

We suggest our 404 650c Firecrest Carbon Clincher as a faster alternative.

Our timeless 58 mm rim depth made available in a light, fast 650c version for all sizes of riders who want to run a clincher setup that can tackle any event on any terrain. For 2012, we’re updating the 650c versions of the 404 with our revised 88/188 hubset. The new rear 188 has a 7.5 mm-wider hub stance, and the non-driveside flange has been canted 2 degrees for additional stiffness and reliability. The wheelset is available in a classic Falcon Grey color scheme or the stealthy Beyond Black, featuring black hubs, spokes and logos.

Please use 16mm x 0.5mm x 605c rim tape to make tire mounting easier.

Recommended and approved brake pads

Note: This wheel uses our legacy hybrid-torodal rim shape and NOT the Firecrest®. 


Front wheel $1,265 / €1,154
Rear wheel  $1,265 / €1,154

Set Weight 1450g
Max recommended rider weight (lbs) 225lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 665g
Rim Used 460
Hub Used 88
Rim Depth 58.0mm
Max Width 22.54mm
Spoke Count 16
Spoke Pattern Radial
Spoke Length 222mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Track Adaptable Yes
Dimpled Surface No
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 785g
Hub Used 188
Rim Used 460
Rim Depth 58.0mm
Max Width 22.45mm
Nominal Tire Bed Width 13.72mm
Spoke Count 20
Spoke Length Non-Drive 226mm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive Cross
Spoke Pattern Drive Radial
Spoke Length Drive 210mm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface No
External Nipples yes
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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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VCLC™  (Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control)

Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control (VCLC) uses a vibration-absorbing material sandwiched between layers of rigid carbon laminate in the rim. When the wheel receives an impact from the road, much of the shock is absorbed by the VCLC system, delivering a 10% reduction in vibration.

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M2CM™  (Multi-Material Co-Molding)

Multi-Material Co-Molding (M2CM)ensures that Zipp clincher rims are the world's strongest. The process permanently fuses a sub-200 gram aluminum hoop to a carbon structure with the same dimpling as our tubular rims and our patented toroidal bulge, which acts as a leaf spring to reinforce the aluminum during impacts. The spokes lace directly to the carbon body for a fully structural rim that blends the ride feel of carbon with the braking performance of aluminum.

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88/188 Hub Technology

Every aspect of our 88 and 188 hubs sets a new benchmark. The standard steel bearings are the roundest in the industry. The 17mm axle is the stiffest of any road hub we've tested. The wire EDM-cut hub internals are the most precise. When it comes to precision and performance, there's really no comparison.

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