Zipp’s newest wheelsets aim to bring aerodynamic performance to more affordable price points, with the launch of the 60 Clincher and 30 Clincher wheelsets.
The company that specialises in wheels has generally focused on the high-end, where it's leading the way with aerodynamics in wheels like the 202, introduced last year. The release of these two new wheelsets looks to signal an interest in offering slightly more affordable wheels that offer some of the technology found higher up the price range.
30 Clincher wheels
The new entry-level 30 Clincher uses a new hybrid toroidal (the bulbous rounded shape we’ve seen on Zipp’s 404, 303 and 202 wheels) aluminum clincher rim with an aero profile that has been proven in Zipp’s work on top-end wheels. The rim has a wide 21.5mm profile and 30mm deep.
At the centre of the wheels is an all-new proprietary hub, comprising a 7075-T6 shell and high precision steel bearings. Sapim CX-Ray spokes are laced between hub and spokes, and nipples are external for easy maintenance. The freehub will work with 10-speed and 11-speed cassettes.
This wheelset has all the credentials for being a good year-round training and racing wheelset, light enough for sportives and fast enough for attacks on the peloton. They’re available in March and are priced £675 for the pair.
They weigh 1655g: 765g for the front and 890g for the rear.
60 Clincher wheels tap into top-end aero technology
Spend a bit more on the new Zipp 60 Clincher wheelset uses a carbon fibre rim with an aluminium braking surface (similar to older 404 and 303 wheelsets - new Firecrest wheels use a carbon braking surface). There’s the unmistakable dimpled surface, unique to Zipp wheels, which improves the aerodynamics of the rims. It sits between the 303 and 404 in Zipp’s catalogue.
The rim depth is 58mm and borrows the toroidal rim profile that Zipp first introduced on its top-end wheels. This ‘fat’ rim profile is claimed to be more aerodynamic than a V-section deep section rim. The carbon fairing is fused to an aluminium rim using their M2CM technology.
Weight for a pair is 1820g, putting them in the same ballpark as similar wheelsets from other brands. That breaks down as 850g for the front and 970g for the rear. The freehub is 10-speed and 11-speed compatible. External nipples allow for easy wheel tuning.
They’re available in March and will cost £1,200.
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