Zipp 302 car­bon clincher

£1,299, zipp.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

Zipp’s new 302 wheels are a big step for the brand. With both rim and disc brake ver­sions com­ing in at un­der £1,300 a pair, the com­pany has ven­tured firmly into the world of mid-priced car­bon wheels.

To hit the cheaper price point, Zipp hasn’t just out­sourced to the Far East. It con­tin­ues to hand-craft the car­bon rims en­tirely in-house at its In­di­anapo­lis fa­cil­ity, and claims the aero­dy­nam­ics and ride qual­ity are based on its top-end Firecrest range, where prices can top £2,000. The cost sav­ings come from the fact that the 302 rim is smooth, miss­ing Zipp’s trade­mark dim­ples, mak­ing it eas­ier to man­u­fac­ture. Other than that, the pro­file is sim­i­lar to the much pricier 303 Firecrest, with an ex­ter­nal width of 26.5mm and in­ter­nal width of 16.25mm.

Zipp has opted for a 45mm rim height to achieve a good bal­ance of aero­dy­namic per­for­mance and all-round us­abil­ity in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, and it hasn’t skimped on build qual­ity, re­tain­ing Sapim spokes and us­ing its own hubs, just as it does in all its pre­mium of­fer­ings.

Claimed weights are very com­pet­i­tive at this price point: the rim brake ver­sion is 1,645g (740g front/905g rear) and the disc ver­sion 1,695g (785g front/910g rear).

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