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Zipp launches new wheels, handlebars and tyres

Stu Bowers
23 Apr 2018

New products from Zipp


Today Zipp adds the following SKUs to its highly regarded wheel line-up.

With pro team sponsorship comes the need to supply the demands of the world’s top riders and when it comes to tyres the pro peloton still largely prefers tubulars.

Zipp has redeveloped some of its most desirable wheelsets to meet this demand, giving its ever-popular 303 Firecrest and its range topping 454 NSW the tubular treatment, with both rim and disc brake versions launched.

Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular

The updated wheelset borrows key technologies Zipp has learned through the development of its range-topping NSW wheels.

Central to this (literally) is that the newest wheelset spins on the latest 77/177 hubs.

The rim brake version gets the latest Showstopper brake track, improving the braking to be more consistent in all weathers, and benefits from the new Sawtooth dimple pattern, which Zipp claims improves side wind stability.

Both features add to the versatility of what was arguably already Zipps most all-round-usable wheel at 45mm deep and 25mm wide.

The disc brake version also has the new Sawtooth dimple pattern, all the way to the rim edge for maximum benefit.

Pricing and weights

Rim brake

£907 front; £1079 rear
1339g per pair (593g front; 746g rear)

Disc brake

£1071 front; £1250 rear
1410g per pair (655g front; 755g rear)

Zipp 454 NSW Tubular

Zipp’s halo-level 454 NSW, previously only for clincher tyres, is now also available with tubular options for both rim and disc brake, with the same technologies that make this one of the most innovative wheels currently available, most noticeably its wavey Sawtooth 53/58mm rim profile.

Super low friction Cognition hubset and the most advanced Hexfin dimple pattern are other features making this wheelset worthy of the NSW moniker Zipp only awards to its absolute best products.

Prices and weights

Rim brake

£1537 front; £1880 rear
1435g per pair (640g front; 796g rear)

Disc brake

£1537 front; £1880 rear
1515g per pair (685g front; 830g rear)

Zipp also states that both the 303 Firecrest and the 454 NSW wheelsets have also all had ‘construction upgrades’ to improve impact strength.

Behind Bars

Also launching today are two new handlebar options: Zipp Service Course SL-80 Ergo bars and Service Course 80 Ergo

Essentially these are a new SKUs to add to Zipp’s aluminium handlebar range with a completely new shape.

An ergonomic flattened top section with a 3° back sweep is the big change, developed., Zipp says to provide more comfort with a more natural hand and wrist position, plus spreading the load over more of the rider’s palms too.

Both options are based on an 80mm reach and 125mm drop, proven as one of Zipps most popular sizing options.

Both are drilled for compatibilty with the latest Di2 bar plug junction box, allowing cabling to be run internally through the handlebar.

Both available in widths 38-44cm

Product details

Service Course 80 Ergo

Made from 6061 aluminium
Weight: claimed 315g (42cm)
Only in bead blast black finish with white logos.
Price: £54

Service Course SL-80 Ergo

Made from 7050 aluminium
Weight: claimed 275g (42cm)
Range of finishes – Beyond black is a stealthy matt graphics on a gloss black bar; High polish black has a hi-sheen black bar and white graphics; finally the ‘Bead blast black’ is a matt black bar finish also with white graphics.
Price: £109

Rolling improvement

Zipp has spent 12 months redeveloping its tyres, with a new compound that it claims will not only roll faster and improve traction but also last longer too.

Enter: Zipp Tangente Speed R25 and Zipp Course R25

25mm has become the go-to width across road, time trial and triathlon so Zipp has specifically developed this width only for the new compounds, as it is currently considered the sweetspot for rolling resistance, grip, comfort and aero gains.

What’s more, in its tests Zipp claims the rolling resistance and grip of the tyre both improved after 100miles of ‘breaking in’

R25 Course is the training and race level tyre, built around a 120TPI carcass that includes a nylon puncture protection belt.

R25 Speed is more of a race-only tyre, built around a more supple and lighter 220TPI carcass

Zipp has not yet released weights for either tyre, but pricing is as follows:

R25 Speed £68 each
R25 Course £58 each

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