202 Firecrest Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheel -Tubeless by Zipp
Cyclists, especially roadies, can be a mistrustful bunch, slow to adapt to innovation in favor of tradition. Consider carbon rims and disc brakes, which are two of the key technologies highlighted on the tubeless version of Zipp's Firecrest Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheel. We admit that many of us had our doubts about carbon fiber on rougher surfaces, but Zipp's carbon rims have been dominating Roubaix since Cancellara's decidedly impressive victory in 2010, and anyone who's used disc brakes knows that there's a remarkable difference in stopping power that--especially when it comes to carbon brake tracks--simply can't be disputed. The steel-only crowd may never come around--and that's fine, after all cycling should ultimately be about what you like to ride--but the 202 Firecrest's nearly peerless ability to go and stop have won us over. Despite the traditionally minded cyclist's resistance to carbon and road disc brakes, the 202 Firecrest's tubeless rim is one innovation that virtually any cyclist who's not addicted to tubular tires can enjoy. That's largely because it gives you the ability to run lower PSI, so it mimics the cushion and supple traction that make tubs so good. Tubeless also reduces the risk of punctures compared to a standard clincher, and--when something like a goat head thorn inevitably puts paid to that puncture resistance--a simple spin of the wheel will often seal it up, letting you top off with CO2 and keep riding rather than having to fiddle with tubes and levers and all the rest on the side of the road. While Zipp is mostly known for bestowing free speed through aerodynamics, the disc brakes do something that rim-brake carbon can only dream of: surpass alloy in terms of modulation, responsiveness, and overall stopping power. These qualities are a big deal for climbing wheels, as knowing you can depend on your brakes means you can carry more speed into corners, brake later, and not worry about locking your wheels up when an unexpected
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