Get flash to see this player

ALTERNATE VIEWS
COLOR OPTIONS
Beyond Black Color Chip Matte Black Classic White Color Chip Matte White

Road Classic,
Revolutionized

202 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher

Our 202 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher is all about aiming higher. We took our 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 1,395 g, 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. We 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. Our 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 our Carbon Clincher technology. Our 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 our Tangente Platinum brake pads and you have unmatched performance, all with the ease of use of a clincher.

New for 2014, the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is built with a the latest iteration of our 188 rear hub, the V9, along with new spoke-lacing pattern for the rear wheel - refinements that result in improved stiffness and durability. The new hub was developed in cooperation of superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team and is in use by other top pro cyclists and triathletes including Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae.

Cavendish received early hub prototypes in January 2013 and logged 13,000 kilometers (8,078 miles) on continually refined variants, including his stage victories at the Giro d’Italia and the 2013 Tour de France. His feedback helped optimize the hub’s flange geometry, stiffness and weight.

The new 188/V9 hub has larger precision Swiss steel bearings for increased durability. Our new “virtual 3 cross” lacing on both sides of rear wheel improves stiffness, achieving 3 cross stiffness in a 2 cross pattern with a new spoke geometry. The 188/V9 has 25 percent more torsional stiffness than a leading competitive hub. This measure of stiffness is crucial for the direct power transfer to the rear wheel for out-of-the saddle sprints and climbs. The new hub also is laterally (side-to-side) stiffer that its rival or predecessor.

New for 2014 wheels, our fully die cut matte White and matte Black rim decals are borderless, thinner and lighter.

11 speed compatible

Retail availability: September 2013



MSRP:

Front wheel $1,227 / €1,138

Rear wheel $1,498 / €1,387

Set Weight 1395g
Max recommended rider weight 250lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 620g
Rim Used X32
Hub Used 88
Rim Depth 32mm
Brake Track Width (center) 24.62mm
Max Width 25.4mm
Clincher Bead Width 16.25mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern radial
Spoke Length 272 with nipple lockmm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
Track Adaptable Yes
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing After-market
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 775g
Rim Used X32
Hub Used 188/V9
Rim Depth 32mm
Brake Track Width (center) 24.62mm
Max Width 25.4mm
Clincher Bead Width 16.25mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24
Spoke Length Non-Drive 278 with nipple lockmm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive 2 cross
Spoke Pattern Drive 2 cross
Spoke Length Drive 276 with nipple lockmm
Max Tire Pressure 125psi
Max Tire Pressure 8.62bars
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing Aftermarket
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Pro Cycling: “Brilliant braking, super handling, low weight”  April 2013 [pdf]

 UK-based Pro Cycling magazine, in its April 2013 issue, praised the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher. “With super handling, low weight (80g less than close rivals Enve’s 3.4Cs), clincher convenience and brilliant braking, the 202s are arguably the new best all-rounders in the world,” according to Pro Cycling.

Click on PDF for full review

Cycling Plus gives 5 stars to 202 Firecrest  April 2013 [pdf]

Cycling Plus magazine awarded the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher with 5 starts out of 5. “We consider Zipp’s 202 to be the best all-round wheelset now available. Great handling, low weight, clincher convenience and brilliant braking.“

“On the road the low weight translates to instant acceleration and highly capable climbing. But where they excel is in blustery conditions, handling crosswinds better than the leading aluminium wheels we’ve tried.”
 
Click on PDF for full review

202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher gets the gold  April 2013 [pdf]

UK-based Triathlon Plus magazine gave the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher as its  Gold Award. “The best all-round wheelset now available,” the magazine stated. "...
where they excel is in blustery conditions, handling crosswinds better than the leading aluminium wheels we’ve tried."

Click on PDF for full review

Praised as all-rounder  February 2013 [pdf]

Great Britain's Cycling Plus magazine welcomes the Zipp 202 Carbon Clincher, saying that it "could well be the most usable all-rounder in the current clincher line-up."

Zipp called leader in carbon clinchers  January 2013 [pdf]

Great Britain's Cycling Plus magazine reports Zipp at forefront of testing and developing carbon clinchers.

Pez does a deep dive on 202 Firecrest  December 2012

PezCyclingNews.com takes an in-depth look at the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher and at Zipp's culture of innovation. READ REVIEW HERE

Carbon Clinchers come of age  November 2012 [pdf]

The December 2012 issue of Cycle Sport (UK) features the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher, calling the wheel "a viable alternative to tubulars capable of offering performance good enough for the fastest pro racers." Click on PDF to read full feature

 

Eurobike highlights  November 2012 [pdf]

Grinta magazine, from Belgium and the Netherlands, featured the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher in its 2012 Eurobike highlights. The magazine also produced a short video with Zipp Technical PR Manager David Ripley. Click on PDF to read the feature or here to view video.

 

 

Peloton praises 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher  October 2012 [pdf]

Peloton Magazine, in its December 2012 issue, writes that with the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Zipp has discovered elusive all-around wheelset that measures up even to Big Foot. Click on PDF to read full review. 

Cycling Weekly takes 202 Firecrest for First Ride  September 2012 [pdf]

Cycling Weekly (UK) magazine was one of the first to take our new 202 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers out for a ride. Click on the PDF to read the magazine's First Ride feature. 

Review highlights:

“…acceleration from stationary is rapid and when at speed offers a real punch to accelerations.“

“Quite surprising, given the rim’s depth, was the direct feel it had, not only because of the stiff rim, though sidewalls/ braking track, tight build but also because of the near vertical sidewalls of the tyre itself, meaning more of the road make up is passed into the frame.”

“As with previous Zipp carbon clinchers, brake performance is super, highly repeatable…”

“Following the first few rides it’s clear that Zipp has pulled it off again and delivered an amazing all-round wheel suitable for climbers looking for an aero advantage. Impressive stuff.”

Pleasantly impressed with 202 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers  September 2012 [pdf]

The Italian magazine GranFondo, in its October 2012 issue, provided the attached review of the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher following the Eurobike Demo Day test.

Click on image for full review or read translated highlights below: 

"Even if we have used them for few kilometers, the Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers have pleasantly impressed us for their easy handling. Responsive but not too much, stable in the descents, curves and changes of directions. That’s also due to the Zipp Tangente with their very pronounced profile: Excellent braking performance, smooth and without annoying noises. On purpose after a pretty high speed descent, we have braked harder and much longer than we would normally had in order to test the brakes. And we didn’t notice an excessive increase of the temperature. The combination of the new brake pads and the new rim shape seems to work very well."

Firecrest

With the new proprietary Firecrest rim shape in our 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest wheels, Zipp wheels make a bigger difference in more ways than ever. Not only is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds and overall ride quality.

Read More

Carbon Clincher

Our superior Carbon Clincher technology is the culmination of two years of intensive prototyping and testing. We worked with our composites supplier to develop an exclusive heat-resistant resin based on the materials used in motorsports brake systems. This proprietary technology improves heat management so substantially that all Zipp Carbon Clinchers pass stringent CEN safety standards.

Read More

ABLC™  (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control)

Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on all of our carbon rims. ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model from the 202 to the Super-9 Disc. The third-generation of ABLC has up to four times more dimples than before.

Read More

88/188 Hub Technology

Every aspect of our 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 we've tested. The wire EDM-cut hub internals are the most precise. When it comes to precision and performance, there's really no comparison.

Read More

Wire EDM

Electron Discharge Machining allows us to cut the materials for our rear hub drive internals after they’ve been hardened through heat treating, negating the warping and imprecision caused by the heat-treating process.

Read More

Steel Bearings

Zipp is the only company specifying Swiss made highly specialized ball bearing cartridges. Working with a family owned Swiss bearing manufacturer, Zipp is able to attain a superior level of bearing smoothness and long life. Zipp ball bearings are specified to 10 millionths of an inch tolerance, guaranteeing that they are at least 2.5 times rounder and better matched than most company’s “high precision” balls, and more than five times tighter than most “precision” balls.

Read More on Zipp hub technology