Zipp goes tubular with 303 Firecrest and 454 NSW wheels

Showstopper brake tracks, discs and Sawtooth dimples for the tire-gluing set

SRAM’s wheel and component brand Zipp has updated a slew of its professional-grade gear for 2018, including new rim- and disc-brake 303 and 454 wheels models, as well as Service Course handlebars. SRAM also has new performance clinchers.

Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular rim- and disc-brake wheels

The 303 Firecest tubular disc brake has ABLC Sawtooth dimpling and works with any type of axle standard
The 303 Firecest tubular disc brake has ABLC Sawtooth dimpling and works with any type of axle standard

Zipp’s stalwart 45mm-rim wheels get a refresh for 2018, which include the etched Showstopper brake track for the rim-brake wheels and the ABLC Sawtooth dimpled design on both rim- and disc-brake models.

Both Zipp 303 sets can be configured to work with an XDR driver body for a 10-42 cassette. This requires a separately sold XDR driver body, but does not require the wheel to be redished.

The 303 disc set comes with axle end caps to work with virtually any frame type: quick release, 15mm thru-axles and 12mm thru-axles.

The 303 Firecrest tubular rim brake wheels get the etched Showstopper brake track
The 303 Firecrest tubular rim brake wheels get the etched Showstopper brake track

The 303 Firecrest tubular rim-brake wheelset weighs a claimed 1,339g (593g front, 746g rear) with 18 front spokes and 24 rear spokes. The 45mm rim bulges to 25mm at its widest point. Retail is £1,986 / $2,200 / €2,200.

The Zipp 303 Firecrest tubular disc-brake wheel weighs a claimed 1,410g (655g front, 755g rear) with the same rim dimensions but 24 spokes front and rear. Retail for the 303 Firecrest disc is £2,321 / $2,500 / €2,600.

Zipp 454 Firecrest Tubular rim- and disc-brake wheels

Zipp's distinctive 454 NSW wheels now come in tubulars models for rim and disc brake
Zipp's distinctive 454 NSW wheels now come in tubulars models for rim and disc brake

Zipp made waves with its 454 inspired-by-humpback-whales shape, and now that Sawtooth rim is available as a tubular for rim and disc brakes

Retail for the 1,435g 454 NSW rim-brake wheels is £3,417 / $4,000 / €4,000.

Retail for the 1,515g 454 NSW disc wheelset is also £3,417 / $4,000 / €4,000.

Service Course SL 80 Ergo and 80 Ergo

The Zipp Service Course 80 Ergo has a flattened top with a slight backsweep and a slight outsweep in the drops
The Zipp Service Course 80 Ergo has a flattened top with a slight backsweep and a slight outsweep in the drops

Zipp’s alloy Service Course bars have found favor among pro riders and fitters alike, and now the company has a couple of 80mm reach options with a slightly flattened top.

The SL 80 Ergo has a flatted top with a 3-degree backsweep, plus a 4-degree outsweep at the drops.

The SL 80 Ergo bars are compatible with clip-ons and Di2, the latter thanks to a hole in the driveside drop.

The SL 80 Ergo weighs a claimed 275g in a 42cm bar made of 7050 aluminum.

Zipp Service Course 80 Ergo and SL 80 Ergo bars work with Di2 thanks to a little drilling
Zipp Service Course 80 Ergo and SL 80 Ergo bars work with Di2 thanks to a little drilling

The 80 Ergo has the same shape made from 6061 aluminum for a claimed weight of 315g in a42cm bar.

Both 125mm drop bars come in 38, 40, 42 and 44cm widths.

The Service Course SL 80 Ergo is £109 / $110/ €123 and the Service Course 80 Ergo is  

£54 / $55 / €61.

Zipp Tangente Speed R25 and Tangente Course R25

Zipp also refined its 25mm Speed R and Course R tires with a claimed improvement in cornering grip. BikeRadar tested 25mm and 28mm Tangente Speed tires in Wheel Energy’s lab for rolling resistance, and they came out very well.

The Speed is a slightly faster tire as it has no puncture-protection belt, while the Course is still rated for fast riding, but with more puncture resistance.

Retail is £68 / $70 / €76 for the Speed R25 and £58 / $68 / €70 for the Course R25.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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