Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular

  • Zipp 303 Firecrest tubular wheelset

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    The 303 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 grams, 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 us 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. Our 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 our signature ABLC rim dimples squeeze every last second of performance possible.

    To complete the package, Zipp has refined its venerable 88/188 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. The wheelsets come with two decal options, the stealthy Beyond Black or the distinctive Classic White decals. Both decal options feature black anodized hubs, black spokes and black nipples.

    Note: Zipp wheels for model year 2013, which begin shipping in October 2012, are compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains.

    Rim Used285v4FC
    Hub Used88
    Rim Depth45mm
    Brake Track Width (center)26.45mm
    Max Width28.50mm
    Spoke Count18
    Spoke PatternRadial
    Spoke Length258mm
    Track AdaptableYes
    Dimpled SurfaceYes
    Ceramic BearingAfter-market
    External NipplesYes

    Rim Used285v4
    Hub Used188
    Rim Depth45mm
    Brake Track Width (center)26.45mm
    Max Width28.50mm
    Nominal Tire Bed Width17.98mm
    Spoke Count24
    Spoke Pattern Non-DriveCross
    Spoke Length Non-Drive258mm
    Spoke Pattern DriveRadial
    Spoke Length Drive246mm
    Track AdaptableNo
    Dimpled SurfaceYes
    Ceramic BearingAfter-market
    External Nipplesyes

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