There's no arguing that the advent of reliable tubeless cyclocross tire technology has brought about increased access to race-worthy equipment and narrowed the gaping chasm between tube-type clinchers and tubulars. That said, tubular still reigns queen for a reason, and even the best tubeless systems can't match the supple ride or knife-like grip and control of a tubular. If you're stepping up to the elites and are serious about results, adding a pair of Zipp 202 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheels to your race day setup is a smart choice that'll have you fighting for the win instead of fighting against your equipment's limitations.
The 202 features Zipp's lowest profile rim with a 32mm depth for an ideal blend of light weight, stability, and a bit of much-appreciated aerodynamics for long, windy stretches and finishing straightaways. A maximum width of 25.4mm sets a solid, stable platform for wide CX tires. Zipp's wind tunnel testing shows that the 202's 32mm U-shaped profile cuts through the air on flat ground as efficiently as most other 45-50mm rims, with the added advantage of a feathery light claimed weight of 1,330g to fly away from your competitors when the course pitches skyward.
The 202 also incorporates an updated version of Zipp's signature Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC). ABLC dimpling involves strategically placed and sized dimples spread across the rim surface to smooth airflow much like a golf ball. ABLC also boasts aerodynamic advantages at real-world yaw angles of 10 to 20 degrees, which compares favorably with many competitors whose minimum drag numbers at yaw angles of five to 10 degrees rarely occur outside of a wind tunnel. In less scientific terms, these wheels perform best in the windy conditions you'll actually encounter on the roads, not on paper.
At the center, Zipp uses its updated 77/177 hub set, which has improved stiffness and durability over its predecessor. With a new platform and graphics for 2016, these hubs boast increased bearing protection over the previous versions and are ready to roll without any pre-load adjustment. The rear hub is compatible with a separately sold XD driver body to allow for a wider cassette range — up to 10-42t if desired — and driver bodies can be swapped out without re-dishing the wheel. Each wheel includes a newly redesigned quick-release skewer with a widened handle for better leverage when installing the wheel and cleaner lines as it sits closer to the frame when closed.
Each Zipp 202 Carbon Disc Brake Road Wheels comes with two sets of Zipp thru-axle end caps, a quick release skewer, and a Zipp valve extender. Please note that Zipp recommends a maximum rider weight of 250lbs.
- A cyclocross racing wheelset that excels in all conditions
- 32mm carbon fiber rim blends lightweight, stiffness, and aerodynamics
- 25.4mm width provides stable tire platform.
- Smooth, durable 77/177 disc hubs
- Compatible with 6-bolt disc rotors