Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher review

Super-light and responsive wheelset

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,300.00 RRP | USD $2,700.00
Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheelset

Our review

Super-lightweight, responsive, balanced and accurate, these are ecellent wheels but at a high price
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Zipp’s super-fast 404 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers set a new benchmark for deeper-section aerodynamic control and speed. 


The unique 58mm, cigar-shaped profile centralises the aerodynamic balance of the wheel for superbly surefooted cornering and much less gusty and more controllable handling than on most shallower rims in high winds. 

Despite an extremely low weight making acceleration and climbing a breeze, the wheels hold their speed very well in mixed wind conditions. The big hollow rim and broader tyre bed give superb feedback clarity while muting the worst rough sections. 


New hub engagement is among the fastest on test, and braking is also confident and predictable.

Product Specifications


Name 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheelset (12)
Brand Zipp

Description Weight: 1,526g (pair, w/o rim strips or skewers); 74g (skewers, pair), price includes pair w/ stainless steel skewers, Tangente cork pads, rim strips
No of Holes (Front) 16
No of Holes (Rear) 20