Zipp Debuts 303 Firecrest Disc Brake Clincher, Tubular Road Bike Wheels

Zipp 303 Disc Brake road bike wheelset in clincher and tubular

Waaaaaay back in October 2011, Zipp tested some prototype disc wheels using White Industry hubs. Now, a year and a half later, they’ve announced their own disc brake wheel offerings.

The new 303 Firecrest Clincher Disc and 303 Firecrest Tubular Disc wheels lace their existing mid-depth aero rims (brake tracks and all) to new disc brake hubs, spaced at 100mm (front) and 135mm (rear) and 11-speed ready. They bump spoke count up to 24 front, an increase of six on the front, and keep 24 on the rear. The hubs keep the 88/188 name and add “Disc Brake” to the nomenclature.

The clinchers weigh in at 780g (front) and 900g (rear) for a total of 1680g. That compares to 1475g for standard 303 Clinchers, with the added weight almost equally split front (+105g) and rear (+100g). The tubulars come in at 660g and 775g (1435g total), compared to 1255g for the the non-disc tubulars. It’ll be interesting to see how the weight changes, if any, when they develop disc-specific rims. In the meantime, check pricing, availability and more pics below…

Zipp 303 Disc Brake road bike wheelset in clincher and tubular

With the 303 rims getting victories several times over at rough road races like Ronde van Vlaanderen (Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix, these new disc brake versions should make for some great cyclocross and gravel racer wheels.

Zipp 303 Disc Brake road bike wheelset in clincher and tubular

And with the new SRAM Red 22 11-speed group all set to debut, Zipp’s new 11-speed freehub bodies (upgrade now!) should come in handy.

Zipp 303 Disc Brake road bike wheelset in clincher and tubular

Clincher pricing: Front $1272 / €1165 – Rear $1553 / €1435
Tubular pricing: Front $1130 / €1035 – Rear $1370/€1265
Both ship with integrated valve extenders and skewers, available July 2013. Wheels will be available with their white or stealth black logo decals.

Zipp 303 Disc Brake road bike wheelset in clincher and tubular


Devo - 04/04/13 - 11:02pm

i could swear, maybe it was Mike Curiak (sp?) who raced a set of these on the original Great Divide Mountain Bike Race on a custom Moots. thinking 2004

ajbosch - 04/04/13 - 11:24pm

Anyone seen or used the Zipp 60’s?

bin judgin - 04/04/13 - 11:43pm

One of the rockshox racers used to race 303 tubulars with big old knobbies glued up and his own disc hubs. I bet he flew up the climbs ;O

Also I have put my hands on the zipp 60s. they are infinitely nicer than the sram wheels, but lack that uber smoothness of zipp bearings. i wonder if you could pop zipp bearings in?

Ck - 04/05/13 - 12:08am

At this point I’d just wait for them to just release a set that doesn’t have the brake track to save some weight.

Gillis - 04/05/13 - 12:27am

Ck, I was thinking the same thing. I’d rather see a set of disc specific rims.

Eyal - 04/05/13 - 12:52am

This product is a stop gap, synch up with the SRAM disc stuff coming out, meanwhile their engineers and designers are working on new models sans brake tracks.

Pete C - 04/05/13 - 6:09am

No brake tracks, new shape and road tubeless….. Perfect.

BikeArmsRace - 04/05/13 - 6:33am

Are those new style skewers I see? They look different than the pointy Zipp skewers I have…

dislivello - 04/05/13 - 7:02am

why don t moved stickers on track zone?

Campy Seatpost - 04/05/13 - 11:29am

I need these wheels yesterday. A 202 would be even better.

Then again, if this is what people were waiting for, they could’ve just laced up the rims themselves, ages ago.

ENVE - 04/05/13 - 7:25pm

Does Zipp do a better job of covering their seams than ENVE?

Psi Squared - 04/06/13 - 7:59pm

I don’t see what’s particularly wrong in your picture, ENVE.

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