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Zipp 202 Carbon Tubular Wheelset - 2013

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One wheel to rule them all.

Think of another low-profile wheelset that's delivered riders to the top of the podium on both the Champs d'Elysess and London. Still thinking? Well, the Zipp 202 Carbon Tubular Wheelset is the only one. Saying that it's a 'versatile' wheelset doesn't do it justice. Whether you're tearing up cobbles, hopping barriers in the mud, or floating up the Alps, the 202 tubular wheelset will get you where you're going faster.

To make the 202 the most decorated climbing wheel in the world, Zipp gave it one of the most efficient strength-to-weight ratios on the planet. With an intelligent unidirectional, carbon fiber layup, the 202 is rigid enough to respond directly to power. But, with a svelte 1115g overall weight, it's light enough to translate that power to a pure climbing prowess. Overall, the design provides a responsiveness and stiffness that rarely accredited to 32mm deep wheelset. However, this isn't solely attributable to carbon fiber alone. It all comes down to the 202's toroidal rim shape.

Don't worry if you don't know what a 'toroidal rim shape' is -- it's been a while since our last geometry class, too. Here's an easy explanation. Whereas a traditional aluminum rim follows a 'V' shape from the spokes to the rim bed, a toroidal shape follows more of a 'U' shape. It sounds elementary, and perhaps a bit fussy, but the benefits are staggering. With the 202's design, Zipp is able to tune the brake track width independently of the rim's maximum width -- that's why the 101 is touch narrower at the rim (22.56 to 22.61mm). Having the freedom to choose where the widest point on the rim needs to reside on the section allows the modifications necessary for Zipp to increase braking power, improve aerodynamics, and decrease crosswind sensitivity. Even today, this shape is the basis for the venerable Firecrest crest technology that's applied to Zipp's carbon lineup. Basically, all of these improvements simply make a faster, stiffer, and lighter wheel.

For the build, Zipp used its proprietary 88 hub on the front and the 188 on the rear. The wheels receive an 18/24 Sapim CX-Ray spoke configuration, and to minimized mechanical drag, each hub rolls on Zipp's proprietary steel bearings. Even better, if you're looking to upgrade to Shimano's new Dura Ace 9000 11-speed, the 202's freehub body is willing and able.

The Zipp 202 Carbon Tubular Wheelset is available in the color Black with either Black or White Zipp decals. They also come in a 700c and with either Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo compatible freehub bodies. Zipp has also provided its new Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pads. Please consult with the official Zipp website for a list of approved brake pads.

Please note that Zipp does not recommend the 202s for riders exceeding 225lb.

Tech Specs

[rim] carbon fiber
Rim Width:
[brake track] 22.56 mm
Rim Depth:
[maximum width] 22.61 mm
Front Hub:
Zipp 88
Front Hub Type:
Rear Hub:
Zipp 188
Rear Hub Type:
Spoke Nipple Material:
Axle Type:
17 mm
Brake Compatibility:
caliper brakes with Zipp approved pads
Rotor Compatibility:
Front Weight:
495 g
Rear Weight:
620 g
Complete Set Weight:
1115 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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