The clincher version of the Zipp 404 Clincher utilizes the same go-anywhere, win-anything 58mm rim depth of the tubular model but offers the everyday convenience of clincher tires and the reliability of an aluminum brake track.
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Strengths: Reasonably light, aero but well behaving in cross winds, and aluminium braking surface is, at least for me, a definitive asset
Weaknesses: build quality could be better, I can see the glue that binds together carbon and aluminium. You need to very careful mounting a tire, my first popped out of the rim for apparently no reason, it was really my fault but I could get away with it on probably any other rim
Excellent wheels, they make huge difference in the headwind, but the first thing you will notice is the ride quality; they are vertically compliant, but laterally stiff. Great on descends, I am not a good descender and I use brakes a lot, never had any problems.
Strengths: Very light weight, aerodynamic, great looks.
Weaknesses: Cross winds! Alloy spoke nipples and weak spokes.
I'm updating my previous review of the Zipp 404 clinchers. So far, there have been a few problems: one broken spoke nipple and two broken rear spokes on the rear wheel ... then the wheel bearings wore out on the front wheel. After several trips to my local bike shops (not the place where I purchased the wheels), the rear was eventually replaced. Zipp warrenteed the rim and spokes, then rebuilt the wheel and shipped it back. It says a lot about a company when they stand behind their product like Zipp does. The bearings mysteriously wore out on the front wheel, so I had the bike shop replace them ... total cost $42.00. Despite the problems I've had, I would still recommend the Zipp 404 clinchers to anyone looking for a lightweight, aero wheel. Just make sure you get the aluminum braking surface when choosing your wheel. Apparently if you get a flat tire on carbon clinchers, you'll ruin your rim.
Similar Products Used: Mavic Kyserium ES and Shimano R540 & R550 wheels.
Bike Setup: See below
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2009
Strengths: Stiffness! Holy sh!t are they stiff!
Weaknesses: Maybe price...but you get what you pay for. Oh yea - rim strips? You'd think after spending all that money on a luxury item, Zipp would throw in rim strips.
These wheels are fast...no doubt! I installed them on my bike and rode to my bike shop for a quick adjustment. I completed my 50 mile training loop 4/10 of a mile per hour faster on my average pace...with a hard headwind for over half of the ride. It might not seem like a huge difference, but it was! The wheels are very stiff for climbing, yet soak up all the annoying road vibration and handle like a they were on rails.
Strengths: Stiff, yet absorb road vibration. Can add 2-4 mph to your top speed on the flat roads. Can add 5 or so mph to your decent speed.
Weaknesses: Somewhat pricy unless bought used. Slightly heavier than top of the line thin wheels such as mavic ksyrium sl premium, but weigh the same or less than mid-range wheels. NEED TO HAVE RIM TAPE PERFECT ON THE RIM OR EXPECT PINCH FLATS!!!
I upgraded to these wheels after using Mavic Kysirium Elite wheels and it made all the difference. These wheels are incredibly stiff and explosive when put on a stiff frame. I am running juniors gears and constantly run out of gears going 30 or so mph, these wheels added another 2-3 mph to that, and they weigh about the same as my mavic wheels so I can still climb the same, but they can add 3-5 mph to the decent. My only problem with them was that the rim tape overlapped itself so I kept getting pinch flats, but that stopped once I replaced the tape. Overall great wheelset that can be bought for a great price.
I have a Zipp 404 FC rear wheel that I'd like to rebuild with a Powertap G3 hub.
Original Zipp build - 523.5 ERD, 35.5 NDS spacing, 19.5 DS spacing, 47.5 NDS flange diam, 56.5 DS flange diam. The stock wheel is built 2-cross on NDS and radial on DS. This results in 8.0 and 4.8 degree bracing an ... Read More »
So I just got some new zipp 404 clinchers( the ones with the aluminum brake track)
A day after getting them my appendix ruptured. So after getting out of the hospital 2 weeks later, i filled the tires up to 120 psi to go for a ride. I took a quick 2 minute ride in the parking lot then put the bike ... Read More »