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Zipp 404 NSW Carbon Clincher Tubeless Disc Brake Center Lock Road Wheel

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If you need confirmation that technology is changing road bikes for the better, the 404 NSW Carbon Clincher Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset leaves no doubt. Zipp’s 404 wheels – with their 58mm rim depth – are synonymous with all-around high performance. NSW technology adds to this legacy enhanced aero performance and tubeless compatibility, all with the benefits of disc brakes.

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The NSW Tubeless Disc-brake wheels are aerodynamically optimized for wide tires to meet the performance needs of modern riders in search of low rolling resistance and high comfort. Throughout the development process our engineers carefully considered the rim-to-tire interface and how specific tire and rim widths affect aerodynamic performance.

Rim depth and shape along with tire selection were all carefully considered throughout the development process. The 404 NSW, with an internal width of 19mm, is optimized for smoother pavement and are aerodynamically optimized for 25mm tires. By extending our patented ABLC™ Sawtooth™ dimples all the way to the rim’s edge on each of the wheels, NSW disc brake rims deliver higher frequency wind vortex shedding for best-in-class crosswind stability.

Tubeless compatible, the 404 NSW Tubeless Disc brake features a rim bed made with internal ridges to lock the tire’s bead in place. A tubeless setup allows riders to select lower tire pressure for more comfort while reducing the risk of pinch flats.

Key Features:
  • 58 mm rim depth
  • Cognition™ Disc-brake hubset
  • ABLC SawTooth™ Dimple pattern
  • Tubeless
  • Carbon Clincher
  • Disc-brake
  • AeroBalance™
  • Handcrafted in the USA
  • Superior modulation and stopping power of disc brakes.
  • 404 NSW® rolls efficiently whether you are pedalling or coasting. Our Axial Clutch™ technology allows the freehub’s ratcheting mechanism to deliver half the mechanical drag of conventional three-pawl hubs.
  • We’ve employed Zipp’s ImPress™ graphics technology, which prints graphics directly on the wheel, to help allow the dimples to do what they were designed to do – control vortex shedding, the rate at which air sheds off the wheel.
  • Tubeless ensuring secure performance even when ridden at lower tire pressures.
Specifications:
  • Size (wheels): 700c
  • Rim construction: Carbon
  • Rim - inside width: 19mm
  • Compat - Tire: Clincher Tubeless Ready
  • Brake compatibility: Disc (Centre Lock)
  • Axle type (Wheels): Conversion Caps included
  • Colour (Decal): Impress
  • Spoke count: 24
  • Spoke type: CX-Ray - Black
  • Bearings: Cartridge - Stainless Steel
  • Nipple material: Aluminium
  • Rim finish: UD fibre, Impress technology
  • Rim section: Asymmetrical
  • Spoke pattern: 2 Cross

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Road Bike Wheel Guide

 

Road Wheel Guide

Road Bike Wheels

Whether you are upgrading or replacing, a new set of wheels is the best way to improve the performance of your road bike. Lighter wheels will enable you to accelerate quicker and climb faster, stiffer wheels will improve cornering stability while aero wheels reduce drag, so you can slice through the air faster.

With different types of road bike wheel available, not all road bike wheels will be compatible with your bike. In this road bike wheel guide, we will look at the different wheel options to help you choose the perfect new 700c wheelset for your bike.


Types of wheel

Traditional rim brake wheels

Wheels that are designed for rim brake are the traditional road bike wheels. These wheels are easily identified by the flat braking surface on the edge of the rim. This is usually a different colour and/or texture to the rest of the rim. Traditional rim brake wheels have a 100mm wide front hub and a 130mm wide rear hub. These wheels are all compatible with QR or quick release road bike axle skewers.

A race bike with traditional rim brake wheels

Disc brake wheels

Disc brake wheels don’t need a braking track, so the rim has a continuous profile. Instead disc brake wheels have special hubs that the discs are mounted on. There are two types of mounting for disc rotors: six bolt wheel hubs have, as the name suggests, six holes that the disc bolts into, centre lock hubs have a ridged spindle that the disc slots into. While the front hub is the same width on both disc and rim brake wheels, the rear hub is wider at 135mm or 142mm for thru axle wheels.

Two road bikes equipped with disc brakes and compatible wheels

Thru axles

While some disc brake wheels use traditional quick release skewers, many disc brake wheels use wider bolt-through (thru) axles. Thru axles improve the stiffness of the bike which is especially important for disc brakes as the braking forces are applied much closer to the axle. Thru axles on road bikes are usually 12mm in diameter with a rear hub width of 142mm. Quick release and thru axles are not compatible with each other, so it is important that you choose the correct type for your bike.


Clincher, tubeless and tubular

Most road bike wheels are clinchers. This means that the tyre grips the inside edge of the rim for a secure attachment when inflated. Traditional clinchers require an inner tube to stay inflated. Tubeless wheels are very similar to traditional clinchers but have an airtight seal over the spoke holes with a valve attached to the rim for inflating the tyre. Tubeless sealant is then added to the tyre to improve the airtight seal as well as automatically repairing punctures. Tubeless wheels can be used with regular inner tubes by simply removing the valve and sealant then fitting an inner tube. Tubular wheels are different and use special tyres that have an inner tube built in. These are the tyres that most pro riders use, but as the tyre is glued to the rim they are not practical for general cycling.

A road bike with clincher wheels

Free hub compatibility

The free hub is the part of the rear wheel that holds the cassette. There are two basic types on road bikes: HG (Hyper Glide) free hubs are the most common and are compatible with both Shimano and SRAM drivetrains, Capagnolo free hubs are only compatible with Campagnolo drivetrains. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule however: some gravel bikes, with one-by drivetrains, use mountain bike style XD cassettes, and some top-of-the range groupsets may also be different.

The free hub is the part of the rear wheel that holds the cassette.

Lightweight vs durability

Lightweight wheels are the best for climbing, but are still built strong enough for fast descending. Aero wheels, with deep section rims are a little heavier but slice through the air more efficiently so are best for rides that don’t have too many climbs. If you ride on rough surfaces then a more durable, endurance or cyclocross wheelset will give you a more confident feel and will last longer.

Lightweight wheels are best for climbing

Axles, rim tape and tubeless sealant

When you choose your new wheels, don't forget the extras you might need to go with them. If everything's compatible, you can of course re-use your existing QR skewers or bolt-through axles, but you might want to upgrade at the same time. Not all wheels come with rim tape to line the wheels with, so you might need to buy this as well. If you are upgrading to tubeless wheels, then you will need to buy tubeless sealant along with tubeless compatible tyres. Most tubeless wheels are supplied with valves and are ready taped.

Disc brake compatible wheel with thru axle

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