Zipp’s legendary speed weapon, the 404 Firecrest, is better than ever. This go-to rim-brake wheelset is, for the first time, tubeless ready. That means you can run reduced tire pressure for reduced rolling resistance and increased cornering grip and compliance without the risk of pinch flats. This wheelset’s 58mm rim depth is a classic that has carried athletes to victory in every kind of event and situation – every triathlon distance, breakaways, field sprints and hilly finishes. Zipp’s ABLC Sawtooth Technology uses a complex dimpling pattern to improve aero efficiency. Zipp’s ShowStopper textured braking surface delivers unrivalled rim braking performance in wet or dry conditions. At the center of the 404 Firecrest Tubeless rim-brake is a versatile and durable new hubset, the German engineered ZR1. If you had to choose just one wheel for road riding and racing, the 404 Firecrest Tubeless is a savvy and speedy choice.
zipp´s Sawtooth dimple design consists of 12 nodes that are specifically clocked to start aerodynamic shearing at a rate of 50hz at a rider speed of 20mph. Sawtooth accomplishes this by inducing small sheet vortices that shed at a low magnitude, but at ahigher natural frequency, thus decreasing the laminar bubble effect on the aerodynamically shielded side of the rim´s profile to further reduce high yaw drag and improve crosswind stability.
With the industry-changing Firecrest rim shape, Zipp wheels fulfill our missing of making you faster at our most popular rim depths. Not only is Firecrest mor aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds and overall ride quality. Firecrest is the first aero profile that effectively controls airflow around the back half of the whell. Its durability is durable enough for the Spring classics as well as years of training and racing.
Showstopper technology uses a molded silicone carbide (SiC) surface brake ring for maximum wet braking performance. The result is a braking performance that is equal to that of an aluminium rim, even in torrential rain. Showstopper technology offers greater wet braking power than any other carbon wheel.