Our wheel rental program provides you with fast, light carbon wheels without having to pay $2700+ for wheels that would only get use a few times a year. Wheel weight and shape have a big impact on how fast you ride. The lighter the rim, the less power the wheel requires to spin up to a certain speed. More aerodynamic rim shapes create smoother airflow that reduces the drag that your bike produces which slows you down. On top of these great benefits is the intangible of ride quality; a high quality pair of carbon race wheels provides a smooth ride experience that you can’t describe with numbers.
WHEEL RENTAL PROGRAM
ZIPP 303 CARBON CLINCHER WHEELSET
10/11 speed carbon clincher.
In the past few years, the 303 has emerged as one of the most formidable wheels in the pro peloton, with wins in the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race and more. Its speed, light weight, and utter reliability have been proven in pro cycling’s most demanding races.
The 303 made history by becoming the first carbon wheelset to win cycling’s two most famous Cobbled Classics, Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Its wider rim provided extra durability, and improved aerodynamics. That wider rim also led to the development of our revolutionary Firecrest® platform, and now the revolution has come full circle.
The 303 has been completely redesigned with Firecrest® shaping. The Carbon Clincher preserves the aerodynamic advantages of its tubular brother, while adding the convenience of a clincher tire. And at just 1540g, it’s light enough to climb up the steepest gradients with ease.
All of the hallmark characteristics of the 303 have improved with the Firecrest Carbon Clincher. The Firecrest shaping optimizes the aerodynamic profile of both the front half and the back half of the wheel. In addition, Firecrest moves the center of pressure of the wheel backwards, giving the 45 mm-deep rim the crosswind stability a box-section rim. At the same time, the 26.4 mm-wide brake track (at center) allows the clincher tire to take on a wider, more stable shape without compromising rolling resistance. It’s faster, simpler, and more stable.
ZIPP 404 CARBON CLINCHER WHEELSET
10/11 speed carbon clincher.
Naturally, Zipp chose to launch their groundbreaking Firecrest® and Carbon Clincher designs with their most versatile wheelset, the 404. Its 58 mm rim depth is a classic all-around performer that has carried athletes to victory in every kind of event – triathlons, criteriums, breakaways, field sprints and even Grand Tour mountain stages.
In fact, their first full-carbon clincher wheelset, the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher, has been described as the most heavily anticipated wheelset of all time. And following two years of development for its revolutionary rim shape and carbon technology, they’re confident that the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher lives up to the hype.
Its Firecrest aero profile is the first deep-profile carbon clincher design to offer the superior aerodynamics, ride quality, strength and handling of a wider rim body. Yet the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher weighs just 1,615 grams per set, putting it among the lightest deep-profile carbon clinchers available.
Designed specifically to account for the differences in airflow patterns between clincher tires and tubulars, the 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher far exceeds the aero performance of any other clincher wheelset in its class. As Zipp proved with the Paris-Roubaix-winning 303 Tubular, a wider rim offers greater vertical compliance for control and comfort on rough surfaces while increasing lateral stiffness for sprinting and cornering. The same holds true for Firecrest rims with clincher tires. And because the hook beads are farther apart, the tire itself takes on a more stable shape without adding rolling resistance.
ZIPP 404/ ZIPP 808 TRIATHLON SETUP
Triathletes are always looking for the next best thing that will guarantee an extra “edge” on race days. There are a few things an athlete can do to enhance their performance for the big day and renting or purchasing race wheels will surely increase your bike speed getting you to the finish line faster. Knowing that as you transition from the swim to the bike you have that extra advantage that you didn’t have in training is not only a psychological boost but provides excitement and anticipation to tear it up on the ride.
When triathletes look for wheels to use there is a combination of responsive handing and minimizing drag. Zipp 404’s have a large radius profiles that appeals to both these desires. In addition the product must be versatile for conditions that can be unpredictable with the wind kick up, Zipp wheels cater to those changes. They also come with carbon clinchers which means you can train on them and not worry about get a a flat you can’t fix roadside! The rear Zipp 808’s are proven to be the most responsive. They make a triathlete ready to get into bike mode by accelerating ahead of that pack and then settling into a steady but strong momentum powered by the 808’s.
Rental wheels are $250 for the week, by reservation. This price covers the week long rental period from Wednesday through the following Tuesday and also covers labor involved with swapping the cassette and adjusting the shifting. *Bikes that contain proprietary brake calipers may incur additional labor charges to ensure that the brakes function properly. Wheelset can be picked up at the shop on Wednesdays starting at 10 am or at any later time in the rental period.
All rentals require payment in full at time of reservation. Rentals are non-refundable as your reservation means we are turning away others who would like to rent wheels.
If a date does not show up above, the model you are viewing has already been reserved for that weekend. Dates shown here for reservation are from Mid-May to Mid-October. Please call us at 203-255-2320 for early or late season rentals.
Please review the posted Rental Agreement. You will be asked to sign a copy of this agreement at the time you pickup your race wheels.
All rental wheels must be picked up at Sherpa unless shipping arraignments have been made. If you are ordering only race wheels choose “Pick Up at Store” to avoid shipping cost.