Cycling is a wonderful childhood memory. Back then we did not care about road wheelsets or any other upgrades for that matter. Remembering it being fun and a great way to exercise, it was often a means of transportation. Now fast forward, riding for adults can be a different experience.
While as an adult you may ride a bike for the same reasons as a child, you also have likely come to expect more from your purchases – and can afford to purchase better quality products. This is where an upgrade to the wheelset comes into play. Today road wheelsets vary dramatically in price and quality without clear indications of what makes one better than another. See this comparison to help you get the new upgraded wheelset you need for the upcoming season.
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These Carbon clinchers produce more Speed: Revised rim profile for reduced aerodynamic drag developed by our advanced development team in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
- Better braking: Zipp’s Show Stopper textured braking surface delivers unrivalled rim braking performance in wet or dry conditions.
- Lighter Weight: The 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is 75 grams lighter than its previous iteration.
- Includes 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.
The Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is a versatile, do-it-all wheelset that has been proven on race courses all across the globe. With a new, faster, and more stable rim profile with AeroBalance technology, the 2018 404 Firecrest delivers all the expected versatility in a faster, more stable package. Featuring a depth and shapen proven in all conditions, the 404 Firecrest is an all-around performer and the standard by which all other wheels are measured. Its 58mm rim depth is a classic that has carried athletes to victory in every kind of event and situation – every triathlon distance, breakaways, field sprints and hilly finishes. Bringing in more of their technology, Zipp’s ABLC Sawtooth dimple design helps manage airflow around the rim, contributing to the faster, more stable performance.
At the center of the 404 Firecrest is Zipp’s 77/177 hubset with best-in-class durability, bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed. The result is improved stiffness, durability, simplicity and versatility. Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim® CX Sprint spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness.
Each 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheel comes with Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, rim tape and improved ergonomic quick release.
These wheels are simply superb. Not ultra-lightweight, but they more than make up for it in stiffness, aerodynamics, and ride quality – and they look great on the bike. Amazon sometimes sells these for as low as $1500 – if you see them at that price point, do yourself a favor and upgrade. Highly recommended.