The 202 has a long, storied history on the great climbs of the Grand Tours as the lightest offering in the formidable Zipp wheel stable. Billed as a lightweight climbing wheel that does double-duty as a solid all-around workhorse, Zipp's 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Road Wheel will fly up mountain passes one weekend and turn around to throw down in a local criterium or cyclocross race the next. If you're after a one-wheel quiver, then this is your wheel.
The 202 Firecrest features Zipp's lowest profile with a 32mm rim depth that provides exceptional crosswind stability when you're leading the echelon. It's wide, 24.62mm brake track easily accommodates a range of tire widths to cover different riding styles and surfaces. The wider rim also gives tires a solid platform to increase stability by reducing the side bulge effect found in tires mounted to narrower rims. You'll zoom across the course with confidence that these wheels will climb like mountain goats and corner on rails with a solid, comfortable ride along the way.
With climbing comes descending, and with descending comes the inevitable fear of overheated rims that so often creeps into the minds of those with carbon wheels. Zipp addresses the issue of carbon rims overheating under prolonged braking by introducing a special heat-resistant resin into the carbon layup to increase heat dissipation and reduce the potential for rim failure. Zipp claims that use of this resin has led to an impeccable record of zero heat-related rim failures in its carbon rims, so you can attack those big descents with confidence that you'll make it safely to the next climb.
While the 202 doesn't have the deep rim of Zipp's 303 or 404, it does come with some aerodynamic features. An updated version of Zipp's signature Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) dimpling uses strategically placed and sized dimples across the rim surface to smooth airflow, allowing the wheel to slice swiftly through the air. ABLC boasts aerodynamic advantages at real-world yaw angles of ten to 20 degrees, comparing favorably to many competitors with minimum drag numbers at yaw angles of five to ten degrees — conditions that rarely occur outside of a wind tunnel. In non-tech terms, these wheels reduce drag better than the competition in the actual conditions you'll encounter on the road.
At the center, Zipp uses its updated 77 hub on the front and its 177 hub on the rear, both of which enjoy improved durability and stiffness compared to their predecessors. Featuring a new platform and graphics for 2016, these hubs boast increased bearing protection over their 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 of up to a 10-42 if needed. Driver bodies can be swapped out without having to re-dish the wheel, which gets you back up and running in a flash. Each wheel includes an updated quick release skewer with a widened handle that provides leverage when installing the wheel and clean lines as it sits close to the frame when closed.
Each Zipp 202 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Road Wheel comes with a set of Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, a Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, rim tape, and a quick release skewer. The rear wheel is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo 11-speed compatible freehub body.
Please note that Zipp's Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads are designed specifically for use with its carbon rims. Zipp also recommends a maximum rider weight of 250lb for these wheels.
- Carbon fiber
- 32mm rim depth
- 24.62mm brake track width
- Zipp 77/177 hubs
- Delivered with: Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads, Zipp Integrated Valve Extender with valve-core wrench, rim tape, and a quick-release skewer.