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Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Rear Bicycle Wheel - Beyond Black

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Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Rear Bicycle Wheel - Beyond Black

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Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Rear Bicycle Wheel - Beyond Black
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The Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Bicycle Wheel is a wheel you can never count out. In 2010, it became not only the first carbon wheel to win a major cobbled classic, it won the two biggest classics: Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. The wheel is light, utterly dependable and aerodynamic. And it’s just gotten even better.

Zipp’s exploration of the 303’s wider rim led to the Firecrest® technology. And now that development has come full circle with the 303 Firecrest. The new wheel features Firecrest’s signature shaping designed to optimize both halves of the wheel, which creates a rim that is significantly faster and also much easier to handle in crosswinds.

At just 1,255 g/wheelset, the weight of the new 303 is virtually unchanged from its predecessor and remains one of the lightest carbon wheelsets anywhere. Its 45 mm-deep rim outperforms much deeper rims with a traditional V-shaped cross-section. And yet, because Firecrest technology allows Zipp to manipulate the wheel’s center of pressure, the new 303 handles like a box-section rim. It’s ultra-stable, and suitable for even the windiest days.

And because the 303’s new 26.45 mm-wide brake track (at center) has been optimized for wider tires, the ride quality is better than ever. Zipp’s Tangente latex tubular tires, available in 21 mm and 23 mm, are the perfect match for the rims.

The new wheels retain all the small details that make Zipp wheels what they are. Exposed spoke nipples sit in the aerodynamic shadow of the rims, keeping serviceability simple without compromising speed. And Zipp’s signature ABLC™ rim dimples squeeze every last second of performance possible.

To complete the package, Zipp® has refined its venerable 188 hubset, reshaping the hub body and pushing the non-drive-side flange and bearing out by 7.5 mm on the rear hub to increase overall stiffness and strength. This Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Rear Bicycle Wheel comes in stealthy Beyond Black decals and features black anodized hubs, black spokes and black nipples. 

The new Firecrest rim design has been proven durable and stiff enough in extensive laboratory and field testing that a separate cyclocross (CX) wheelset is no longer necessary.

·          ABLC™ (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control) - Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on most Zipp rims. ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model from the 202 to the Sub9 disc. 2009 sees the third-generation of ABLC, with up to 4 times more dimples than before.

·          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.

·          Carbon Bridge™ - Carbon Bridge uses a Kevlar® thread in a co-axial helix stitch to bind sheets of carbon to each other in Zipp’s tubular rims. Because Kevlar is 350% more impact resistant than carbon, it can disperse shock more evenly throughout the carbon laminate, making for a rim that is practically bulletproof. In particular, Carbon Bridge reduces the vulnerability of the rim's tire bed, the area most susceptible to damage from impact.

·          88/188 Hub Technology - Every aspect of Zipp’s 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 they've tested. The wire EDM-cut hub internals are the most precise. The SHIFT spoke hole technology is the most durable. When it comes to precision and performance, there's really no comparison.

·          Rim Used - 285v4FC

·          Hub Used - 188

·          Rim Depth - 45mm

·          Brake Track Width (center) - 26.45mm

·          Max Width - 28.50mm

·          Nominal Tire Bed Width - 17.98mm

·          Spoke Count – 24

·          Spoke Pattern Non-Drive – Cross

·          Spoke Length Non-Drive - 258mm

·          Spoke Pattern Drive - Radial

·          Spoke Length Drive - 246mm

·          Track Adaptable – No

·          Dimpled Surface – Yes

·          Ceramic Bearing - After-market

·          External Nipples – Yes

·          Weight - 690g

Note: Zipp wheels for model year 2013 are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains.

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