2020 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake

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Zipp's 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset is designed for the real world... a world of imperfect conditions, road surfaces, and elements where the bottom line is simple. Efficiency = speed. It's faster, lighter, and more capable over varied terrain-whether the surface is pavement in all its conditions or no pavement at all. Deeply rooted in Zipp's drive to conquer the Spring Classics, the new 303 Firecrest is remade with a purpose-made approach for the demands of modern road bikes. When it comes to going fast on a bicycle, efficiency means reduced: Wind resistance, rolling resistance, rider fatigue, weight. The 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake was designed using real-world direct measurements (vs. primarily wind tunnel or computer simulation). The results were huge. Its rim is slightly more bulbous in design than its predecessor, with a 30mm outside width, a 25mm internal width, and a 40mm rim depth. The profile provides low drag and an improved transition between rim and tire, boosting aero efficiency on the road. The wide rim stance also features less tire deflection for reduced rolling resistance. The combination of the wider tire, increased tire volume, and lower tire pressure helps to reduce rider fatigue by smoothing out the ride over imperfect pavement and road conditions-the tire and wheel system absorbs the shaking, not the rider. At the center of the 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc brake is a versatile and durable new hubset, the German-engineered ZR1 DB. This hubset features 66 points of engagement for quicker response. The 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset is for dedicated cyclists who aspire to the latest in technology. Its competitors... in races, against peers, or simply conquering personal limits. This is about becoming faster and matching your motivation to the most advanced technology.

Features

  • New Zipp graphics and cosmetic identity that scream speed
  • Versatile endurance wheelset for the modern road bike with tubeless and hookless rim profile
  • Lighter Weight than its predecessor, making it nimble and fast.
  • Tubeless Made Easy, optimized tire bed sign allows for simple tool-free installation and removal with no need for an air compressor to seat the tire.
  • Ultra-wide 25mm rim profile creates a better tire interface to be fast on or off the road
  • New 40mm rim depth makes a light and aero wheel in every situation
  • New ZR1 DB hub is engineered in Germany with better seal design for improved durability and quicker response with 66 points of engagement
  • Ships with 12mm front and rear end caps
  • Center locking rotor interface. Lockring is included with the wheels
  • XDR or SRAM/Shimano driver bodies
  • Campagnolo driver body sold separately

Technology

  • Firecrest

    With the industry-changing Firecrest rim shape, Zipp wheels fulfill our missing of making you faster at our most popular rim depths. Not only is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds and overall ride quality. Firecrest is the first aero profile that effectively controls airflow around the back half of the wheel. Its durability is durable enough for the Spring Classics as well as years of training and racing.

  • AeroBalance

    Zipp's sole mission is to help you go faster. That's why our wheels are race-ready before they're camera-ready. For years, Zipp has used a combination of testing methods - wind tunnel, CFD computer simulations, pro athlete evaluations, on-road testing, and the RollingRoad ride simulator - to refine aero performance to new levels of excellence. Over the decades of innovation, our engineers have learned to look beyond just focusing on simply reducing aero drag. Instead, the goal now is to reduce aero drag while also minimizing the effects of crosswinds on handling. This optimizing of aero efficiency and crosswind stability became known internally at Zipp as AeroBalance. The approach began with Firecrest technology and has been advanced with the introduction of the NSW lineup, especially with the Sawtooth technology found in the 454 and 858 NSW. Sawtooth accomplishes this with a series of patented fin-shaped Hyperfoil nodes along the inner diameter of the rim that work together with our new HexFin ABLC dimples for improved airflow.

  • TSE Technology

    Zipp's TSE Technology (Total System Efficiency) was developed by our engineers in the Nest Advanced Development Lab in Indy. This approach to carbon-wheel manufacturing means the 303 Firecrest's precise rim layup results in greater all-around efficiency for greater speed through reduced: Wind resistance, rolling resistance, gravity (weight + durability), vibration losses

  • ABLC (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control)

    Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on all of our carbon rims. ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model from the 202 to the Super-9 Disc. The third-generation of ABLC has up to four times more dimples than before.

  • Carbon Clincher

    Our superior Carbon Clincher technology is the culmination of two years of intensive prototyping and testing. We worked with our composites supplier to develop an exclusive heat-resistant resin based on the materials used in motorsports brake systems. This proprietary technology improves heat management so substantially that all Zipp Carbon Clinchers pass stringent CEN safety standards.

Product Specification Files

Click for Zipp Road Wheels User Manual

Click for Service Manual ZR1 Hubs English

Click for Zipp End Cap Compatibility Chart

Click for SRAM and Zipp Warranty

Size (wheels):
650B, 700c
Rim construction:
Carbon
Tire compatibility:
Clincher Tubeless Ready
Brake compatibility:
Disc (Center Lock)
Driver body type:
SRAM XDR, SRAM/Shimano Road, n/a
Rim - inside width:
21mm, 25mm
Rim finish:
UD fiber, adhesive decals
Rim profile:
Symmetrical
Weight (g):
1352
Weight Based On:
Lightest configuration: 12mm through axles and XDR body. No tape or valve included in weight. Front: 613g Rear: 739g