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Tame The Wind. Defy Gravity

202 Tubular

Weighing in at only 1,180 g, the 202 is a versatile racing wheelset that also happens to climb like a mountain goat. Look back through the crucial stages of recent Grand Tours and you’ll find the 202 winning stages, capturing leader’s jerseys and practically floating up the world’s toughest climbs.

The 202 was Alberto Contador’s wheel of choice during nearly every stage on his way to victory at the 2011 Giro d’Italia, proving that it’s a formidable weapon on any terrain. And Zipp® triathlete Jan Frodeno won an Olympic gold medal on the 202. Proving its durability, the 202 had even been ridden to a fourth place finish at Paris-Roubaix.

To get to the base of the climb, the 202’s 32 mm toroidal profile was developed in the wind tunnel to roll on the flats as efficiently as many 45 to 50 mm rims. After the summit, the 202’s high lateral stiffness delivers precise handling on tricky descents and crisp accelerations to finish off the competition.

The 202 Tubular is built with the latest iteration of our 188 rear hub, the V9, that incorporates a new spoke-lacing pattern for the rear wheel. The refinements result in improved stiffness and durability. The new hub was developed in cooperation with superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish and is in use by other top pro cyclists and triathletes including Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae. Cavendish received early hub prototypes and logged 13,000 kilometers (8,078 miles) on continually refined variants before riding the hubs to stage victories at both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

The new hub has larger precision Swiss steel bearings for increased durability. Our new “virtual 3-cross” lacing on both sides of the 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.

Recommended and approved brake pads


Front wheel $1,085 / €996
Rear wheel  $1,315 / €1,204

Set Weight 1180g
Max recommended rider weight 225lbs
Front Wheel
Weight 510g
Hub Used 88
Rim Depth 32.0mm
Brake Track Width (center) 22.56mm
Max Width 22.61mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 18
Spoke Pattern Radial
Spoke Length 270mm
Track Adaptable Yes
Dimpled Surface Yes
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Rear Wheel
Weight 670g
Hub Used 188/V9
Rim Depth 32.0mm
Brake Track Width (center) 22.56mm
Max Width 22.61mm
Spokes Sapim® CX-Ray
Spoke Count 24
Spoke Length Non-Drive 278mm
Spoke Pattern Non-Drive 2 cross
Spoke Pattern Drive 2 cross
Spoke Length Drive 276mm
11-speed compatible hub Yes
Track Adaptable No
Dimpled Surface Yes
Ceramic Bearing Aftermarket
Nipples Sapim®
External Nipples Yes
Road Bike Action - Tech News: Zipp 202 Wheelset  August 2009

Used by Carlos Sastre to win on Alpe d’Huez and subsequently the 2008 Tour de France. The Zipp 202s are made for the mountains. Click here to read the online review.  

Gen Now. Christian Vande Velde.  May 2009

Road Magazine recently spoke with Christian Vande is what he had to say about his experience with Zipp:

You’ve been using Zipp wheels for four years, what models are you going to be using this year? When the 1080’s came out I rode it around the parking lot, tested it in the wind tunnel and knew it was going to be a great wheel. The new 202’s have come a long way. They use to keep those in the trailer only to use on climbing days. Now those wheels are great and can be used for almost everything. They’re really fast on the flats and awesome on the climbs. Zipp is great and I don’t think there’s anyone better as far as the whole line of wheels go. From the flats, to the climbs, to the time trials, they are the best wheels on the market.

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.

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