Zipp quietly popped two new wheels up on their website today, the alloy 30 Clincher and the 60 Clincher. Both use their hybrid toroidal rim shape, albeit in a different mix of materials, and both get new hubs laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes.

The 30’s have an all alloy rim that’s 30mm deep, 21.5mm across at it’s widest point and 20.4mm at the brake track. The front is laced radially with 18 spokes, the rear has 20 spokes laced radially on the driveside and 1x on non-drive. They’re meant to be a do-it-all performance training wheel, capable of riding rough, dirty roads while still claiming to offer better aerodynamics than many deeper “V” section rims. It’s also meant to be plenty durable and simple to use, with the new hubs requiring no preload and minimal maintenance.

Click on through for more, and a glimpse at the carbon-alloy 60’s…

Zipp 30 Clincher alloy aero road bike wheels

The 30 Clinchers will come in all black with “Classic White” logos. The medium depth and wide rim are designed to be laterally stiff while providing room for slightly fatter tires and giving them a solid footprint. This generally allows for slightly lower pressures (max is 125psi), which all comes together in a more forgiving ride and better traction without sacrificing efficiency or aerodynamics.

Zipp 30 Clincher alloy aero road bike wheels

The new 122 (front) and 249 (rear) hubs use a 7075-T6 alloy shell and will come ready for 11-speeds. They’re rolling on stainless steel bearings. Nipples are external for easy truing. Wheelset weight is 1655g (765g front, 890g rear).

Zipp 30 Clincher alloy aero road bike wheels

They include Zipp’s Tangente butyl road inner tube with removable core, quick release skewers and rim strips. Brake pads are not included. Retail is $390 (€360) front and $460 (€425) rear.

Zipp 60 Clinchers carbon fiber and alloy aero road bike wheels

The Zipp 60 Clinchers come with the same accessories, use the same hub and spokes and are also designed to offer high performance without robbing your piggy bank. They use Zipp’s dimpled surface on the carbon fiber inner section, which is fused to an alloy hoop that comprises the tire bed and brake track. They’re deeper at 58mm, and both wider and narrower. Max width is 23.5mm at the outskirts of the toroidal shape, but just 18.7mm at the brake track. Pricing on these isn’t set yet.

Both should be available 2nd week of March, 2013. If you’re looking for carbon, they introduced the new 202 Clinchers late last year, and we got a short ride on them in Vegas.

Thanks to Andrew for the tip!


  1. Yep, all of Sram’s road line of wheels has been pulled from their website unless I’m missing something. I guess they weren’t selling well, and they figure they’ll sell better with the Zipp name on them.

  2. Kinda cool to see more wheels from Zipp even if the changes are minor. They should make these tubeless and wide. Sram could do that. For now I think those semi-aero American Classic road tubeless and the Shimano tubeless options are a step ahead of these, especially with the weight!

    About price – 600-900 is fair for a solid winter training wheel imo.

  3. who are these masters of wheelbuilding that figured out you can use “third tier”* parts and get away with price murder?!?!??! OMGGGG!!!!

    *before you p!ss your pants in some nerd fight, i understand all the BS about the differences between third tier, etc etc etc. its all the same sh!t.

  4. For the same price I have a set of Reynolds Solace alloy wheels. They are 200 grams lighter and are tubeless. They wents to Stans and got the rims approved and have the Stan’s sticker on them so these are no tubes legit.

  5. @Billybob, Really? Look pretty similar to me, both have a hybrid toroidial shaped rim, very similar looking hubs (main difference seems to be the end caps), they even have the same spoke count and lacing pattern! Claimed weights are the exact same as well. Close enough that I think it’s a fair claim that these are probably the same or EXTREMELY similar to the Sram S30 wheels.

  6. By the way, I have nothing against either of these wheels! In fact I kind of like that they now say Zipp, because I can put them on my Shimano equipped bikes and not look out of place!

  7. Those are the same basic hubs and rims they had on the old SRAM s30 wheels. Junk hubs that creaked and failed. Heavy rims. Definitely not Zipp quality stuff here

  8. I wonder if they are using the bearings that come in Zipps or an inferior bearing. the zipp bearings are truly something.

    The rims are different. Clearly different. The spoke bed has been changed obviously if they take external vs internal, the hubs have a non adjustable preload axle design which was terrible in the s30 hubs,.

    Still don’t want them but please don’t be ignorant.

  9. I actually spent a bewildering-ly good weekend on a pair of S30’s a while ago. They had ceramic bearings and they felt so smooth that I was confused. They were not very exciting looking, but they ruled to be on. I wouldn’t spend too much time hating on them. Even if some of the details are different, I think it’s smart for SRAM to transition all their wheels to Zipp…what will happen to the Rise 60’s though?

  10. Hopefully the Rise wheels will go in the garbage where they belong. Even zipp hates those rims but can’t say so bc Big Brother is always listening.

  11. i think so, Hopefully the Rise wheels will go in the garbage where they belong. Even zipp hates those rims but can’t say so bc Big Brother is always listening.

  12. I have a 101 rear with the 188 hub, and I’m glad I purchased it before they discontinued them to be replaced by the 30. I had to have it rebuilt after one season because the spokes started to spontaneously go loose, and I ended up having to stop every 10 miles or so and tighten them; which meant carrying a spoke wrench and bladed spoke holder, and stopping on otherwise slick rides. I am not a big fan of SRAM, and I think Zipp is about to loose it’s edge to ‘corporate think’.

What do you think?