Zipp Speed Weaponry has introduced ‘two revolutionary additions’ to its diverse line-up of purpose-built wheels. The Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc aims to be a game changer in triathlons and time trials. The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is the latest expansion of the highly acclaimed Firecrest line-up, transforming Zipp’s venerable climber’s wheel into a nimble and aero do-it-all speed weapon.
Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc: ‘Super just got better’
The Zipp Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc (MSRP US$2,375, €2,200) is billed as the fastest wheel ever, with the added ease-of-use of a clincher. Nothing is sacrificed in speed. This is the culmination of Zipp’s quarter century of experience moulding carbon into Speed Weaponry. As the company points out, ‘The Super-9 Carbon Clincher optimizes supreme aerodynamics, power transfer, stiffness, lightweight and durability – all with the convenience and low rolling resistance of Zipp’s Carbon Clincher technology.’
Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team was one of the first to ride the Super-9 Carbon Clincher, validating what we saw in the wind tunnel and on the computer screen on the road with top performances including a victory in the German National Time Trial Championship and a silver medal in London. The Super-9 Carbon Clincher paired with the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher offers a new world of options for time trialists and triathletes alike.
“The future of time trialling and triathlon is with clinchers, and the Zipp Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc is leading the way. It’s about grip, speed, performance and rolling resistance. It’s really about winning and losing,” said Rolf Aldag, a triathlete and former pro cyclist who also is technical adviser for the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team. Aldag added, “Tony Martin absolutely trusts the Super-9 Carbon Clincher.”
Zipp’s Carbon Clincher technology makes it possible to create a disc with an optimal aero shape but with the added convenience of a clincher, such as being able to switch tires to best suit variables in the course or weather conditions. “It takes two minutes to change the tire on a clincher,” Aldag said. “You keep that flexibility.”
Compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains, riders can choose from Classic White or Beyond Black colour options.
The Super-9 Carbon Clincher is available in November.
202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher: ‘Speed and stability on every road you travel’
Zipp’s all-new 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher (MSRP $2,725, €2,525) is all about ‘aiming higher’. Zipp took its 202 wheelset, seen by many as a climber’s best friend, and remade it by adding the Firecrest rim and Carbon Clincher technologies.
At 1,375g, the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is the lightest in Zipp’s Carbon Clincher line-up and is ‘a plucky all-around performer that floats up mountains and provides superior aerodynamics and stability on the flats and descents.’
With a rim depth of 32mm and a maximum rim width of 25.4mm, the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher claims to be the most aerodynamic wheel in its rim depth and faster than many deeper-section wheels.
According to Zipp, ‘greater speed is achieved by doing more than shaving seconds off a wind-tunnel datasheet or grams off total weight. Wheels must be stable, reliable and handle well, especially in crosswinds. The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher brings it all together.’
“The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher forced me to re-evaluate where I could ride such a light pair of wheels – besides the longest climbs I could find, it was really everywhere else that I realized how special they were,” said Tim Johnson, veteran pro cyclist and member of the Cannondale prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com Professional Cyclocross Team.
Johnson added, “My training has been varied and the 202 Firecrest was the perfect wheel in every situation. From motorpacing, to TT work to dirt road climbs at elevation, they were always light, stiff and I could just toss in a new tube if I flatted.”
Compatible with cassettes of up to 11-speed to work with all modern drivetrains, riders can again choose from Classic White or Beyond Black colour options. The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is available in October.