Zipp 60 Carbon Road Wheel - Clincher $825.00
The perfect carbon/aluminum marriage.
The new 60s were inspired by Zipp's proven 58mm hoops that have claimed countless victories around the world. Zipp took its tried-and-tested aerodynamic carbon technology developed with its 303 and 404 wheelsets, and it combined a new hub design and predictable aluminum braking surface. The result is a durable, highly versatile carbon clincher available at a reasonable price. It's the perfect wheelset for racing, training, and for those who just want a solid aerodynamic carbon wheel at a good price. With a construction that places an overall emphasis on durability, the 60 ensures that you'll spend more time out riding and less time worrying about your wheels.
The new wheels were designed with Zipp's proven aerodynamic principles, using what Zipp calls a 'hybrid toroidal' rim. It uses its Multi-Material Co-Molding process that permanently fuses a sub-200-gram aluminum hoop to a dimpled carbon structure that acts as a leaf spring for road vibration and impacts. The next step in the process is the implementation of VCLC, which involves the insertion of a visco-elastic material between carbon laminates in the rim, which delivers a ten percent reduction in road vibration. When it came to carbon resin, Zipp faced obstacles in relation to applied heat. It found that clincher rims handle all of the air pressure along with the tire, resulting in catastrophic failure when over-heated. Part of the solution came from the development of the Firecrest Clincher rim shape, and the other came out of an exclusive deal with a Formula One carbon resin manufacturer. Together, they worked out a new resin that improves heat dissipation enough to pass European safety testing. Like Zipp's other wider-is-better wheel platforms, the familiar 58mm deep rim profile incorporates a relatively wide 23.5mm rim bed for stability, cornering grip, and overall ride comfort.
At the heart of the wheelset is its new hub design, which is 10- and 11-speed compatible. Because the overarching theme of the new wheelset emphasizes reliability, Zipp wanted to engineer a hub that was built to take a beating and keep on spinning as smoothly as the day the wheels arrived from the factory. To create such a hub, Zipp formed the shell from ultra-strong and lightweight 7075 T-6 aluminum. Stainless-steel bearings were then housed within the hubs, ensuring years of silky-smooth riding. Additionally, Zipp built the hubs with a 'precision set' design, meaning no pre-load adjustment is required -- simply fasten the quick-release skewers and hit the tarmac.
To ensure the wheels were able to handle the toughest road surfaces, Zipp laced the 60s with legendary Sapim CX-Ray spokes. These stainless steel ovalized spokes are far and away the best in the industry. They're lighter than most round butted spokes, and the coining process used to produce their aerodynamic shape makes them stronger and very durable. They are anchored to the rims with Sapim alloy nipples. With 18 spokes up front and 20 in the rear, the wheels are plenty stiff for racing yet still provide a comfortable ride.
The Zipp 60 Clincher Road Wheels are available in Black with White decals. You'll need to select between Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM compatible freehub options. They come with rim strips and Zipp steel skewers.
Reviews & Community
Very good hoops for training and racing
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is Zipp's entry-level carbon wheelset, but it isn't wholly comparable to the pricier and more refined Firecrest wheels because of the aluminum braking surfaces. Since I have a lot of steep descents in my area, I like these because they offer more assured braking than a 100% carbon wheel. But the Firecrest represents the most aero wheels in the Zipp line--these are one generation removed from the best in that respect so if you're looking to squeeze every possible bit of speed from your wheels you may want to keep looking. That doesn't mean that these wheels are bad, though. But neither are they cutting edge.
These wheels, or any deep carbon wheel, won't make you hugely faster. If you're a commuter simply interested in speed then it will be hard to justify the cost. But if you're a racer then you're at a competitive disadvantage to those who use deeper section carbon wheels. How many watts of energy you save is difficult to estimate because it varies based on wind angle and speed (plus Zipp doesn't have aero data for these wheels up). If the Zipp 60s save you 10 watts, and I'd be thrilled if they did, that's a negligible amount of mph at race speed. But 10 watts is a HUGE difference in effort, especially if you're already going all out, and if you can make someone work 10 watts harder just to keep you from riding off then that might be just enough to push them past their limits. That's where these wheels matter. As for weight, these wheels aren't the lightest but they are comparable to similar offerings by, say, Campagnolo. I have no problem taking Strava KOMs hammering up steep climbs with these. You'll only lose time on really long climbs at 7% or more, like the Alpe d'Huez. Only then does wheel weight matter, and it's a pretty modest effect. But the aero benefit matters at practically every other time.
I Weigh about 255 pounds. Will the Zipp...
I Weigh about 255 pounds. Will the Zipp 60 or any Zipp wheels will be able to hold my weight on my road bike?
The max recommended rider weight from Zipp directly on this wheelset is 250lbs. Please keep in mind that this is usually the total weight including that of the bike as well.
Was wondering what proper tube stem size...
Was wondering what proper tube stem size to use for these rims? And, are there stem extentions provided when purchased?
Yes, these come with the extenders.
Is this a wheel set? or do I buy each wheel...
Is this a wheel set? or do I buy each wheel individually?
If you check the drop down menu there should be three options, Front, Campagnolo, and Shimano. The Front option is just the front wheel and the other two options are rear wheel options depending on the set up you need.