The classic climber's wheelset - the Zipp Firecrest 202 V3 Carbon Clincher - gets a makeover so it's one of the best all-round performer out there.

Zipp’s 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is all about aiming higher. Zipp took its classic 202 tubular wheelset – the legendary climber’s companion – and transformed it into a stiff, lightweight and aerodynamic Carbon Clincher speed weapon ideal for every road you travel. At 1,450g, the 202 Firecrest is the lightest entry in the Firecrest Carbon Clincher lineup.

The Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher retains the classic 32mm rim depth of its tubular predecessor, with the Firecrest profile and a wider 25.4mm max rim width. The results redefine what’s possible with a do-it-all classic road wheel. The 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher now is laced to the maintenance-free 77/177 hubset, with its best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection, all with no pre-load adjustment needed.

Other hub and wheel features include:

Newly designed quick-release skewers with a wider more ergonomic handle to provide more leverage for opening and closing. When closed, lever contours neatly with the frame.

Optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim CX Sprint spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness.

Zipp’s Firecrest rim and Carbon Clincher technology form the foundation of the 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher. Firecrest rims have a near-constant width from brake track to spoke bed to improve aerodynamics and better control airflow. Zipp engineers used Computational Fluid Dynamics software analysis to maximize aerodynamics and minimize wind-produced torque, resulting in a 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher that is faster and better handling than a classic road wheel. Their Firecrest rim shape improves stability by moving the wheel’s center of pressure to sit almost directly over the steering axis, where wind-produced steering torque has a minimal effect.

Add to that their Carbon Clincher technology. Their exclusive resin, based on materials used in motorsports braking systems, effectively tolerates the incredible spikes in heat caused by braking to provide unrivalled reliability and confidence inspiring stopping power. Zipp Carbon Clinchers have never had a heat related failure.

Each 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheel comes with Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, rim tape and quick release.


Firecrest - With the new proprietary Firecrest rim shape in their 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest wheels, Zipp wheels make a bigger difference in more ways than ever. Not only is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds and overall ride quality.

Carbon Clincher - Zipp's superior Carbon Clincher technology is the culmination of two years of intensive prototyping and testing. Zipp worked with their 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. 

Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) - refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on all of Zipp's 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.

Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control (VCLC) - uses a vibration-absorbing material sandwiched between layers of rigid carbon laminate in the rim. When the wheel receives an impact from the road, much of the shock is absorbed by the VCLC system, delivering a 10% reduction in vibration. 

WIRE EDM - Electron Discharge Machining allows Zipp to cut the materials for the rear hub drive internals after they’ve been hardened through heat treating, negating the warping and imprecision caused by the heat-treating process.

New robust hub platform with distinctive graphics - Zipp's new 177 hub has an optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim CX-Sprint spokes (CX-Ray for 202 Tubular) to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness without sacrificing weight or robustness. It boasts a new robust hub shape with distinctive graphics and 17mm axle.

For those looking for a wider gear range, or tackling especially extreme terrain, an XD driver body for 177 is sold separately and easily installed to allow for more cassette options including a wide range 10-42T cassette. The hubset is designed to swap driver bodies without the need to re-dish the wheel.

Steel Bearings -  Zipp is the only company specifying Swiss made highly specialized ball bearing cartridges. Working with a family owned Swiss bearing manufacturer, Zipp is able to attain a superior level of bearing smoothness and long life. Zipp ball bearings are specified to 10 millionths of an inch tolerance, guaranteeing that they are at least 2.5 times rounder and better matched than most company’s “high precision” balls, and more than five times tighter than most “precision” balls.


BearingsLarger Swiss steel bearings with a custom cartridge increase durability by more evenly spreading load over the axle. 

Lacing - New “virtual 3 cross” lacing on both sides of rear wheel for improved stiffness, achieving 3 cross stiffness in a two cross pattern with a new spoke geometry. 

SpokesAll Firecrest road wheels all have 18 spoke fronts and 24 spoke rears for greater stiffness. 

Graphics Zipp fully die cut Classic White and Beyond Black rim decals are borderless, thinner and lighter.


Set Weight: 1450g

Max recommended rider weight (lbs): 250lbs

Front Wheel

Weight: 635g

Hub Used: 77

Rim Depth: 32mm

Brake Track Width (center): 24.62mm

Max Width: 25.4mm

Clincher Bead Width: 16.25mm

Spokes: Sapim CX-Sprint

Spoke Count: 18

Spoke Pattern: Radial

Spoke Length: 274

Max Tire Pressure: 125psi

Max Tire Pressure: 8.62bars

Track Adaptable: No

Dimpled Surface: Yes

Nipples Sapim

External Nipples: Yes

Rear Wheel

Weight: 815g

Hub Used: 177

Rim Depth: 32mm

Brake Track Width (center): 24.62mm

Max Width: 25.4mm

Spokes: Sapim CX-Sprint

Spoke Count: 24

Spoke Pattern Non-Drive: 2 cross

Spoke Pattern Drive: 2 cross

Spoke Length Non-Drive: 284mm

Spoke Length Drive: 284mm

Max Tire Pressure: 125psi

Max Tire Pressure: 8.62bars

11-speed compatible hub: Yes

Track Adaptable: No

Dimpled Surface: Yes

Nipples: Sapim

External Nipples: Yes

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