Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon - Front 2012

SKU/Model: ZP12W404F

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Quick Overview

The 58mm rim profile is one of the staples of Zipps wheelsets, and has been for years now. These days, the 404 Tubular is still winning races from the Queen K to L’Alpe d’Huez. Now, with the advanced Firecrest Aero Rim shape, our leading all-around performer is an even greater threat to win any race on any terrain.

By controlling airflow around the back half of the wheel, Firecrest makes the latest version of the 404 9 seconds faster than its predecessor over 40km at a moderate 10-degree wind angle. At higher wind angles, the improvements are even more dramatic in terms of both speed and stability. That's because Firecrest moves the Center of Pressure closer to the steering axis, so crosswinds exert lower side force on the wheel.

Available in both tubular and Carbon Clincher versions.

Carbon Clinchers come complete with Rim Strips and Zipp's recommended cork composite break pads

Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon - Front 2012

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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.