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Zipp introduces 353 NSW Disc brake wheelset with Sawtooth tech

Distinctive rim shape optimises aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability, while the wheelset is Zipp's lightest tubeless model yet

Zipp has introduced a new 353 NSW Tubeless disc-brake wheelset that features the brand’s Sawtooth rim profile first seen on the 454 NSW carbon clinchers back in 2016.

“With its undulating 45mm deep rim shape, the 353 NSW provides speed on every terrain with best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability,” says Zipp. “The 353 NSW is Zipp’s lightest tubeless wheelset yet, making it a fast-puncher ready to fight its way into the breakaway.”

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The wheels use hookless rims to make the transition from the tyre to the rim as “seamless and aero” as possible.

“Zipp’s 353 NSW’s Sawtooth rim shape with Hyperfoils optimises aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability,” according to Zipp. “The Sawtooth design also allows the rim to be structurally strong but light. That will help you snap out of corners and maintain that speed no matter the terrain, especially the steep, punchy stuff.”

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Zipp says the wheelset’s 25mm internal width is ideal for running wider tubeless tyres at reduced air pressures.

At the centre of the 353 NSW is the Cognition V2 Hubset re-engineered with an updated Axial Clutch V2 mechanism which, it is claimed, offers quicker engagement and lower friction as well as improved durability.

Here are some of the features in Zipp’s own words:

  • Versatile endurance wheelset for the modern road bike with tubeless and hookless rim profile
  • Zipp’s lightest tubeless wheelset yet, making it a fast-puncher ready to fight
  • Optimised tyre bed for easy tire installation
  • Sawtooth rim with Hyperfoil nodes and HexFin ABLC dimple pattern for top aero and crosswind-stability performance with an undulating rim depth
  • Cognition V2 hubset rolls efficiently whether you are pedalling or coasting. Its Axial ClutchV2 technology reduces drag and lowers friction
  • Ships with 12mm front and rear end caps
  • Center locking rotor interface. Lockring is included with the wheels
  • XDR or SRAM/Shimano driver bodies
  • Zipp graphics applied using Zipp’s ImPress direct-print technology
  • Campagnolo driver body sold separately
  • Front: 580g Rear: 675g* (lightest configuration: 12mm through axles and XDR body. No tape or valve included in weight).
  • Lifetime Warranty

The front wheel is priced at £1,425, the rear is £1,775.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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