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Zipp 454 NSW Carbon Clincher Impress Graphics Road Wheels

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Zipp’s 454 NSW Carbon Clincher is radical by design, evolutionary by nature. In the natural world, creatures are honed over generations to achieve a competitive edge within their environment. The result of this natural design process is adaptation - new shapes and forms that achieve a higher degree of efficiency and control.

Game changing aero drag & side force reduction

Utilizing the principles of the emerging science of biomimicry, Zipp engineers studied the environment around them for instances of how nature solved similar problems of speed, control, and efficiency for the next generation of Zipp wheels.

Think of a humpback whale’s fast but graceful movements thanks to the special features on the leading edge of its pectoral fins, or the unique microtexture of a shark’s skin, which gives it the ability to glide effortlessly through the water.

These structures inspired Zipp advanced development engineers to, for the first time, systematically apply biomimicry to solve the complex challenge of designing a wheel that reduces both aerodynamic drag and side force.

Sawtooth Innovation reduces wind yaw at all angles

The most visually striking and functionally important innovation in the handcrafted 454 NSW is Sawtooth.

This patented new biomimetic 53/58mm-deep rim shape achieves something conventional aero wheels cannot; it simultaneously reduces both aerodynamic drag and side force for the ultimate in AeroBalance.

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.

The result is Zipp’s highest performing wheelset ever realized with wind tunnel proven aero-drag reduction and reduced side force at all wind yaw angles. This is important because higher wind yaw angles are where bike handling is most affected by the wind.

The 454 NSW’s undulating Sawtooth rim architecture with HyperFoils represents the next evolution of the Sawtooth ABLC dimple technology found on all of Zipp’s NSW wheels. The HyperFoils and HexFin ABLC dimples help to stabilize handling in gusting wind by increasing wind vortex shedding frequency.

Lower frequency shedding produces larger, more powerful vortices. In cycling terms, this unstable situation is often referred to as “buffeting.”

The higher frequency vortex shedding produced by Sawtooth creates a greater number of smaller, less powerful, yet more predictable vortices leading to greater wheel stability.

This added stability translates into greater rider control, thereby saving energy that is typically expended trying to hold a line in gusting wind. The result is a faster, more confident riding experience whether you are laying down power or descending sinuous mountain roads. Providing extra confidence, Zipp’s industry leading Carbon Clincher technology is durable and reliable, with no heat-related failures.

Industry leading Showstopper brake track

The 454 NSW also features our industry leading silicon carbide Showstopper brake track that allows you to brake later with more stopping power and greater control regardless of weather conditions or the length of the descent.

Zipp ImPress Graphics

Zipp’s ImPress NSW graphics technology, which prints graphics directly onto the rim, reduces weight and helps the HexFin ABLC dimples to do their aerodynamic job while elevating the wheel’s visual allure to new heights.

Beyond the Rim Shape

Making use of our NSW-exclusive Cognition hubset, 454 NSW rolls efficiently whether you are pedaling or coasting. Our Axial Clutch technology allows the freehub’s ratcheting mechanism to deliver half the mechanical drag of conventional three pawl hubs.

Assembled with Swiss bearings made to our exacting specifications, the Cognition hubset is as robust as it is fast.

Each Indianapolis-made 454 NSW rim requires 12 hours to create and represents a true blending of hand craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques. After each rim is laid up, molded, drilled, printed, and inspected, every wheel is assembled and tensioned entirely by hand in Indianapolis.

454 NSW rims are laced to our Portuguese-made Cognition hubs using Belgian Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Secure Lock nipples for unmatched performance and reliability that is made to last.

This is the shape of things to come. This is 454 NSW.

Max recommended rider weight (lbs): 250lbs

Each Wheel Includes:

  • Zipp Tangente titanium black skewer
  • Zipp valve extender by Silca®
  • Zipp individual wheel bag
  • Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo brake pads
  • Zipp Tangente tube 700c x 20-28mm
  • Zipp rim tape 700c x 20mm

Front Wheel

  • Weight: 690g
  • Rim Used: X454NSW
  • Hub Used: Cognition
  • Rim Depth: 53/58mm
  • Brake Track Width (center): 26.4mm
  • Max Width: 27.8mm
  • Internal Width: 17mm
  • Spokes Sapim: CX-Ray
  • Spoke Count: 18
  • Spoke Pattern: Radial
  • Spoke Length: 248mm
  • Max Tire Pressure: 125psi
  • Max Tire Pressure: 8.62bars
  • Track Adaptable: No
  • Dimpled Surface: ABLC HexFin Technology
  • Nipples Sapim: secure-lock
  • External Nipples: Yes

Rear Wheel

  • Weight: 835g
  • Hub Used: Cognition
  • Rim Used: X454NSW
  • Rim Depth: 53/58mm
  • Brake Track Width (center): 26.4mm
  • Max Width: 27.8mm
  • Internal Width: 17mm
  • Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray
  • Spoke Count: 24
  • Spoke Length Non-Drive: 260mm
  • Spoke Pattern Non-Drive: 2 Cross
  • Spoke Length Drive: 258mm
  • Spoke Pattern Drive: 2 Cross
  • Max Tire Pressure: 125psi
  • Max Tire Pressure: 8.62bars
  • 11-speed compatible hub: Yes
  • XDR Compatible: Yes
  • Track Adaptable: No
  • Dimpled Surface: ABLC HexFin Technology
  • Nipples Sapim: secure-lock alloy

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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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Christmas Delivery

We will try our very best to get your products delivered to you before Christmas, but due to Santa's overspill into our delivery services, we would like to make you aware that while we are making every effort to deliver your order to you in time for Christmas, there may be a potential risk of delay.

The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Tuesday 18th December. For all other items the last date to order items that are available for Christmas delivery is 12pm on Wednesday 19th December.

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