Zipp has announced an update to the motocross-inspired 3ZERO MOTO wheelset. For 2021, the set now gets the all-new ZM2 freehub which offers a monster 132 points of engagement. The hub also gets a new and improved seal design. Read on for all of the details.
Already proving itself the 3ZERO MOTO wheelset has found multiple EWS wins from the Lapierre Zipp collective.
What makes the rim special is that rather than a box design that many rims follow, Zipp has opted to go for a single-wall design, much like what's found on motocross wheel builds.
This design provides something that Zipp calls 'ankle compliance'. If you imagine a runner sprinting around a tight corner, as they lean the ankle naturally flexes to maintain grip. The 3ZERO MOTO rim does something similar, says Zipp. As the rim travels through a corner it flexes locally in order to keep that specific portion parallel to the ground.
This local twisting also allows the rim to deflect during single bead impacts without the rider getting bounced off line, claims Zipp.
At the heard of the 3ZERO MOTO wheelset is the ZM2 hubset which comes kitted with 12 pawls and 132 points of engagement for a super quick response.
These pawls work in four staggered groups of three, meaning that there are always three pawls engaged which will hopefully result in a more durable freehub. The hub also gets a fresh seal design with the aim of furthering durability even more.
The Zipp 3ZERO MOTO wheelset is compatible with e-bikes and Quarq's TyreWiz (sold seperately). It also comes in both 650b and 29" sizes with boost spacing.
If motocross-inspired wheels sound right up your street, prices start at £780 for the front wheel and go up to £865 for the rear.
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