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Zipp's radical new SawTooth™ wheelset
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 3rd November 2016


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Zipp launches radical new 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher wheelset

"The fastest rim shape Zipp has ever produced"

Welcome to SawTooth™, the most standout visual feature of the just announced Zipp 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher wheelset from the brand that is the perennial leader of the wheel counts undertaken at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher

"It simultaneously reduces both aerodynamic drag and side force" say Zipp, for what they are branding at AeroBalance™. The acronyms continue with HyperFoil™ fin-shaped nodes along the inner diameter of the wheel which, in conjunction with and HexFin™ dimples improve airflow around the wheels.

Terminology aside, it is certainly a visually interesting looking departure from the current wheels on the market as these images show.

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher

If you've ever felt unstable of deep section wheels than Zipps claim for the new 454 NSW® will be of interest to you, with buffeting reduced as "SawTooth creates a greater number of smaller, less powerful, yet more predictable vortices leading to greater wheel stability." Plenty of people - myself included - could do with stability assistance in that department. Perhaps I should just ride more though?!

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher

Zipp 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher video

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher

And the price for all of this technology? Well, you knew it wasn't going to be cheap, didn't you? Well, it will meet or exceed your expectations on that front, with a wheelset price of £3,500 - available this month.

Zipp® 454 NSW® Carbon Clincher


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