Zipp engineers have optimised last year’s standout product release, the whale-fin inspired 454 NSW wheelset, to offer a disc version for the ultimate in control, stability and all-weather stopping power.
Four-years and more than 30 prototypes in the making, the attention-grabbing rim design was partly inspired by the hydrodynamic and ultra-efficient pectoral fins of a humpback whale.
Extensively wind tunnel tested, Zipp engineers found the see-saw design to have superior stability and aerodynamics, and be less affected by crosswinds, than similar depth wheels.
Considered their finest-ever wheelset, it was only a matter of time before Zipp would release a disc version of the 454 NSW.
The latest release is Zipp’s first NSW wheelset to take discs and, according to the company, the combination offers the “greatest aerobalance with the superior modulation and stopping power of disc brakes.”
Like the rim-brake siblings, the disc rims are individually handcrafted in Zipp’s Indianapolis factory, each wheel taking 12-hours to create.
“Each wheel represents a true blending of hand craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques,” say Zipp.
“Every rim is laid up, drilled, printed and inspected in Indianapolis and every wheel is assembled and tensioned entirely by hand.”
The 454 NSW disc rim is laced with Zipp’s European-made Cognition hubs via Belgian Sapim CX-Ray spokes along with secure lock nipples.
“This is for unmatched performance and reliability that is made to last,” say Zipp.
Each of the Zipp 454 NSW Disc wheels will ship with a Zipp Tangente titanium black skewer, Zipp valve extended, individual wheel bag, Zipp factory rim tape, and 700 x 20-28mm tube. Zipp thru-axle end caps to fit a range of axle sizes will also be included.
The front rim weighs in at 765grams while the rear weighs 850. Taking into account the 454 NSW’s nature-inspired see-saw design, each wheel has a rim depth of 53-58mm.
The front 454 NSW disc has a recommended price of $2,700 while the rear has an RRP of $3,299.
For further details contact your nearest Zipp stockist.