Aerodynamics aside, the 404 Firecrest's new 27mm-wide profile offers a slew of other benefits on the road. The upgraded lateral stiffness makes the 404 even more responsive to accelerations and more precise when cornering. And its composite structure is designed to absorb impacts by flexing slightly outward, which gives you a comfortable ride and long-term durability.
Even with all these improvements, Firecrest technology has kept weight down with the tubular version weighing just 1,282 grams and the carbon clincher weighing 1,561 grams. On the climbs, it goes toe-to-toe with shallower, less aero rivals. On the flats, it hangs with deeper, less nimble competitors. If any one wheelset can do it all, it's the 404.