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Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Disc-Brake Road Wheel - Clincher

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Item # ZIP0223

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  • Black, 700c-Front ($763.20)
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Item # ZIP0223

The bar, elevated.

In the go-fast world of aerodynamic carbon rims, the Zipp Firecrest 303 is the standard by which all other rims are judged. This latest version, the 303 Firecrest Disc-Brake wheel, uses the same aerodynamic carbon fiber rims, with only slight modifications for use with disc brakes.

Most fans will be relieved to learn that the 303 Firecrest was left virtually untouched when the disc-brake model was created. While most rims need to be strengthened for use with disc brakes, Zipp’s engineers found that the 303 was already capable of handling the increased braking forces. That says a lot for the 303, especially considering its weight and aerodynamics. One change that was made, however, was that Zipp discontinued the high-abrasion brake track on the disc version. Because of this, the new rims are not rim-brake compatible. They do, however, retain their aerodynamic dimpled surfaces, wide cross-section, and deep 45mm dish.

The hub is Zipp’s latest 88/188. This hub rolls on Swiss-made stainless steel bearings and is, of course, 11-speed compatible. With the addition of the six-bolt disc brake rotor mount, however, the hub width has been increased to 135mm.

The last notable modification that Zipp made to its 303 is the lacing pattern. Because of the increased force that disc brakes apply to the rim, Zipp now uses a virtual three-cross lacing pattern, which is much stronger than the radial pattern used on the previous 303.

  • 17.25mm internal rim width
  • Aerodynamic dimpled rim surface
  • Swiss-made stainless steel bearings
  • Six-bolt rotor compatibility
  • 135mm rear hub spacing
  • Virtual three-cross lacing

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
carbon fiber
Rim Depth:
45 mm
Rim Width:
[maximum] 28.5 mm, [external] 26.4 mm, [internal] 17.25 mm
Brake Compatibility:
black bladed
Recommended Use:
cyclocross, road racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Actual Weight:
Black, 700c-SRAM Rear: 890g

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Unanswered Question

does this wheel set accommodate for center lock rotors?

3 5

Skewers not included and basic packaging

Heads-up if buying - I ordered a front wheel, and it arrived today as expected. However it did not include a skewer. valve extender, or documentation pack that normally accompanies a new Zipp wheel. The rim tape was already installed, and the wheel came in a generic carton with 2 thin pieces of polystyrene for packing. The wheel was not in a protective bag. For a $1200+ wheel, I was a little surprised.... My rating is not on the performance of the wheel - more about the extras that need to be purchased and somewhat poor (non-Zipp) packaging.

The Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Disc-Brake...

The Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Disc-Brake Road Wheel states it's disc brake only whereas the wheelset say it's both disc and caliper compatible. Are they different?

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These wheels are built with the same rim as is used in the caliper brake 303 Firecrest. As such you are definitely able to use both disc and rim brakes on this wheel.
If you have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 1.888.276.7130

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The description clearly states that it isn't compatible with calipers: "However, there is one notable change from the rim-brake version, and that is the brake track itself. The standard 303 Firecrest uses a high-abrasion brake track, and the disc brake wheels receive no such treatment. As such, even though there is a vertical sidewall, the 303 Firecrest disc wheels are not compatible with rim brakes."