ROAD CLASSIC, REVOLUTIONIZED
The Zipp 202 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher Bicycle Wheel is all about aiming higher. Zipp took their classic 202 wheelset -- the legendary climber’s companion -- and transformed it into a stiff, lightweight and aerodynamic speed weapon ideal for every road you travel. That’s the power of Firecrest and Carbon Clincher technologies. At just 1,375 g/wheelset, the new 202 is the lightest entry in the Firecrest Carbon Clincher lineup. The Zipp® 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher retains the classic 32 mm rim depth of its predecessor though, with the Firecrest profile, now has a wider 25.4 mm max rim width. The results redefine what’s possible with a do-it-all classic road wheel.
Zipp’s two most profound wheel innovations, the Firecrest rim shape and Carbon Clincher technology, form the foundation of the new 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher. Firecrest rims have a near-constant width from brake track to spoke bed to improve aerodynamics and better control airflow. Zipp used Computational Fluid Dynamics software analysis to maximize aerodynamics and minimize wind-produced torque, resulting in a 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher that is faster and better handling than a classic road wheel. Zipp’s Firecrest rim shape improves stability by moving the wheel’s center of pressure to sit almost directly over the steering axis, where wind-produced steering torque has a minimal effect.
Now, add to that Zipp’s Carbon Clincher technology. Their exclusive resin, based on materials used in motorsports braking systems, effectively tolerates the incredible spikes in heat caused by braking to provide you with reliability and stopping power. Combine that with Tangente Platinum brake pads and you have unmatched performance, all with the ease of use of a clincher.
“The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher forced me to re-evaluate where I could ride such a light pair of wheels - besides the longest climbs I could find, it was really everywhere else that I realized how special they were,” said Tim Johnson, veteran pro cyclist and member of the Cannondale prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com Professional Cyclocross Team. “My training has been varied and the 202 Firecrest was the perfect wheel in every situation. From motorpacing to TT work to dirt road climbs at elevation, they were always light, stiff and I could just toss in a new tube if I flatted.”
Built with Zipp’s 188 hubset the Zipp 202 comes with the new Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pads, designed to provide optimal braking for carbon surfaces, including a greater surface area for maximum braking power, improved clearance to work with integrated brakes and a new groove pattern for improved braking in wet conditions.
- Hub Used - 188
- Rim Depth - 32mm
- Brake Track Width (center) - 24.62mm
- Max Width - 25.4mm
- Clincher Bead Width - 16.25mm
- Spoke Count – 24
- Spoke Pattern Non-Drive – cross
- Spoke Length Non-Drive - 274mm
- Spoke Pattern Drive – radial
- Spoke Length Drive - 262mm
- Max Tire Pressure - 125psi
- Max Tire Pressure - 8.62bars
- 11-speed compatible hub - Yes
- Track Adaptable – No
- Dimpled Surface – Yes
- Ceramic Bearing - Aftermarket
- External Nipples – Yes
- Weight - 750g
Note: Zipp wheels for model year 2013 are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains.