From Zipp, the leading engineers of speed for more than a quarter century, a pioneering carbon clincher wheelset – the Zipp 404 Firestrike™ Carbon Clincher. Think limited availability, unlimited capabilities.
The 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher is designed for durability and impact resistance but, at 1,620 grams per wheelset, is also light weight. Simply put, Zipp set the industry standard for strength and durability in a carbon clincher.
With its versatile 58mm rim depth, the 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher it stands as our pinnacle carbon clincher to overcome the resistive forces slowing you down – whether it’s aero drag, wind-induced steering torque, rain soaked roads, or tight corners. Each version of Firestrike has limited availability – we manufactured just four hundred and four (yes, 404) wheelsets each for the second edition of the 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher and 404 Firestrike Tubular.
Additional innovations and features in the 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher:
Zipp’s Firestrike design, which draws on the same rim patent used in Firecrest®, also includes premium performance advancements:
Each 404 Firestrike Clincher includes Zipp black titanium skewer, Zipp valve extender by Silca™, Zipp tube 700c x 23mm, Zipp rim tape 700c x 20mm, Zipp individual wheel bag and Zipp Platinum Pro Evo brake pads.
*188v10 hubset and associated hubset parts are not cross-compatible with the 188v9 hubset or hubset parts.
Front $1,625, €1,450
Peloton Features Firestrike September 2014 [pdf]
In its Sept. 2014 issue, Peloton Magazine captures touts the exclusivity and innovations of Firestrike including greater stability, handing and stopping power in wet conditions.
The all-new Firestrike rim is the latest technology built on the same rim patent used in Firecrest. Using Firecrest as a building block, our engineers continued to develop around the principle technologies that made the rim shape great.
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.
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.
Showstopper™ is a complimenting pairing of a directional, molded-in, texture with silicon carbide particles suspended in the surface resin.