Zipp’s latest offering is the ultimate lightweight speed-boosting road wheel, as long as it fits your bike. The full carbon construction makes use of the latest toroidal section design and a dimpled skin, which smooths airflow over the Zipp Tangente tubular tyre. Zipp claim it actually sucks the bike forward at some wind angles. It certainly feels extremely quick.
At a hair over 1kg, with titanium rear skewer, it’s an extremely light wheel, and direct power delivery means it feels as responsive as most deep-dish wheels in acceleration and climbing terms. It’s also usefully comfortable over longer distances. PowerTap and custom sticker versions are available. Big riders can cause flex though and Zipp warn of tight clearances on some Cervélo, Ridley, Scott, Giant and Argon bikes.
This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.