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Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake Road Bike Wheels

Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake Road Bike Wheels
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Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons

  • Thanks to a combination of low weight and a 45 mm half-high rim, the Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake wheels are all-rounders.
  • Tubeless tyres can be fitted to the rims with or without inner tubes. This makes it possible to ride tubeless, with advantages such as lower rolling resistance, better grip and more comfort.
  • The Zipp ZR1 hubs, developed in Germany, have bearings with a good seal and improved durability. The 6 pawl body engages super quick, resulting in minimal energy loss when the rider starts pedaling.
  • The Zipp ShowStopper brake surface ensures smooth braking in both wet and dry weather.
  • Lifelong guarantee covering all manufacturing errors, excepting wear and tear. Ultimate certainty!
  • The Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc Brake is only suitable for tubeless (ready) tyres at a maximum tyre pressure of 5 bar, not for normal folding tyres.
  • Due to the carbon rim brake structure, this wheel is less suitable for long mountain descents, with a risk of blowouts or rim deformation.
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Specifications

Specifications

Brand
Zipp
Wheel characteristic(s)
Lightweight climbing wheels / Aerodynamic wheels / Extra comfortable wheels
Weight provided by manufacturer
1530 grams
Brake Type
Rim brake
Rim Material
Carbon
Collection
2021
Tyre Type
Clincher / Tubeless
Body Type
Shimano / Sram 9 - 10 - 11 speed
Bearing Type
Industrial
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Description

Description

With the Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake, Zipp has put a versatile wheelset on the market: from smooth cycle paths to cobbled roads, from flat polder roads to hills, from asphalt to gravel; the Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake feels at home everywhere.

Despite their height of 45 mm, the Zipp 303s weigh only 1530 grams. The tubeless rim has an internal rim width of 19 mm. In combination with a tubeless outer tyre at a lower tyre pressure, this ensures low rolling resistance, higher puncture resistance, better grip and more comfort. It is possible to mount tyres from 25 mm to 50 mm. The Zipp ZR1 hubs, developed in Germany, are the focal point of the 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake wheels. These hubs roll extremely smoothly, have well-sealed industrial bearings and engage quickly thanks to a 6-pawl body with 66 engagement points. The rims and hub are held in place by reliable and aerodynamic Sapim CX-Sprint J-bend spokes.

TSE (Total System Efficiency Technology)
Zipp has only one thing in mind with Total System Efficiency Technology: more speed! The innovative rim lay-up ensures lower air resistance, less rolling resistance, lower weight, less vibration and increased durability.

Tubeless ready
The Zipp Tubeless Ready rim makes it possible to ride without an inner tube and with lower tyre pressure. The result is a larger contact patch with the ground for more grip and manoeuvrability on descents and when riding in wet conditions. In addition, comfort is increased and rolling resistance reduced by riding with a tubeless setup.

ShowStopper
This exclusive Zipp technology results in better modulation and increased braking power in both wet and dry weather. ShowStopper is a combination of a molded-in texture with silicon carbide particles in the resin surface. It increases the surface roughness of the brake edge, providing the rider with more consistent and powerful braking.

ABLC SawTooth
The Advanced Boundary Layer Control design consists of Zipp's signature golf ball structure, which allows the airflow to be directed along the surface of the rim for optimum aerodynamics. It also improves stability for greater comfort.

RollingRoad Test Protocol
Zipp continues to optimise its wheels in the wind tunnel and through computer simulation. However, Zipp realizes that the 'real world' is the best environment in which to test a wheel. Combined together, this is Zipp's RollingRoad Test Protocol, which has resulted in an even more convex rim that becomes one with the tyre. This gives you even more stability and less air resistance, making it easier to keep your bike up to speed while losing less energy. Because the rim is wider, you can mount even wider tyres. With a larger tyre volume and lower tyre pressure, vibration is reduced, resulting in less fatigue on long rides.

Zipp ZR1 hubs
At the heart of these Zipp wheels is a durable hub set, designed in Germany: the Zipp ZR1. This hub features well-sealed industrial bearings with extremely low rolling resistance. The rear hub has a body with 66 points of engagement for a quicker response when you start pedaling.

Zipp Lifetime Warranty
The Zipp Lifetime Warranty gives you a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, thus giving you ultimate security! The warranty becomes active after registration of your wheel(s) with Zipp and is non-transferable.

Compatibility

• To be used in combination with Shimano and / or Sram 9/10/11 speed groupset

Delivery includes

• Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubeless Rim Brake wheels
• Tubeless Rim Tape
• Tubeless Valves
• Quick Release Skewers
• Quick Release Endcaps

Assembly

• Cassette Removal Tool
• (Possibly a Torque Wrench)

Mounting a cassette on a wheel is easy if you have the right tools. When you buy a cassette remover with a Shimano fit, you can mount both the Shimano and the Sram cassette on your rear wheel. If you have a 9/10-speed cassette, first slide the spacer over the body. Then you place the cassette on the body. This can only be done one way because of the fit of the body. Finally you turn the washer straight on by hand and tighten it with the chain whip. Tight is the rule, but if you want you can also do this with a torque wrench.

You can check out the best way to make your wheels tubeless in our blog How do I mount a tubeless tyre on my road bike?

User tips

• Pay attention to the direction of travel when mounting the outer tubes.
• For 9/10-speed, do not forget to mount the spacer first before mounting the cassette.
• Make sure the rim tape or tubeless tape lies snugly in the rim.
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Reviews

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5 / 5

Absolutely Fab!!

- Thomas 5 November 2020

Great wheel set I am impressed with the braking pretty quiet for carbon wheels and very positive. The tubless fit was an easy process ( conti 5000) 10/10

4 / 5

Excellent

- Sven Svensson 13 October 2021

The total weight for the wheelset is 1610g with 11 speed freehub. That is for pre-taped wheelset. The tubeless valves are 3g for each wheel (if you ride tubeless that is). I have used these with 25mm Vittoria Corsa G2 and Tubolito tubes. What is most profound with this wheelset is the comfort and stability. They feel like you have cushioning, in a good way. They simply put eliminate road buzz. They are also very stable. Talking hubs, i can't say much as i have only used the wheels a few times. The hubs have a low sound when coasting, so i would say they are silent. Talking weight, i guess the hubs are on the heavy side and the rims themselves are light. However, it's the rims weight that is most relevant. If you have a very windy climate where you live, 303 will not give you any trouble. Many will aslo ask of the capacity of braking power and modulation. I have only had dry rides so far, and that works well. How the braking is in wet, i don't know.

Pros & Cons

Eliminate road buzz
Not sensitive to cross winds
stability
A bit heavy

5 / 5

Roues polyvalentes et efficaces

- Bruce 31 August 2021

Très belles roues, profil qui les rend quasi insensibles au vent latéral Montage des pneus aisé Fluides et confortables

Pros & Cons

Fluidité des roulements
Freinage au top
Peu sensible au vent lateral
Poids 1600 avec corps de cassette shimano

4 / 5

Très bon compromis roues à pbeus

- Bernard 28 July 2021

1ère expérience tubeless. Mise en place réussie .

Pros & Cons

Tubeless
Manque d’explications pour la mise en place du tu

5 / 5

Perfect allrounder in all conditions.

- 3303 30 May 2021

I mostly ride in the hills near the Alps combined with some flat terrain with my Cinelli Superstar and Campagnolo Record 12 Groupset. I am a tall and heavy rider. These are very fast wheels. Stiff and responsive. Even strong Crosswinds do cause nearly no issues. Wheels are stable at speed with excellent braking performance. They are very very fast in the flats. I fully recommend them.

Pros & Cons

crosswind affects wheels only minimal
excellent braking performance
Fast
Responsive
No Campy Version out of the box :(


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General

Brand
Zipp
Wheel characteristic(s)
Lightweight climbing wheels / Aerodynamic wheels / Extra comfortable wheels
Weight provided by manufacturer
1530 grams
Brake Type
Rim brake
Tyre Type
Clincher / Tubeless
Decal Colour
Grey
Colour
Black

Components

Rim Material
Carbon
Body Type
Shimano / Sram 9 - 10 - 11 speed
Bearing Type
Industrial
Number of spokes in front wheel
18
Number of spokes in rear wheel
24
Nipple Type
External
Nipple Material
Aluminum
Spoke Type
J-bend
Spoke Material
Stainless Steel
Brake Surface Material
Carbon

Sizes

Rim Depth
45 mm
Rim Width (internal)
19 mm
Recommended tyre width
25 mm / 28 mm / 30 mm / 32 mm / 35 mm / 37 mm / 40 mm / 42 mm / 47 mm / 50 mm
Built-in width front hub
100 x 5 mm QR
Mounting width rear hub
130 x 5 mm QR

Included in the delivery

Quick Releases included
Yes
Wheel bags included
No

Other

Collection
2021
Warranty
Life time warranty
Extended warranty
Yes, after registration
Crash Replacement
Yes, after registration