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Zipp 454 NSW


$4,000, Backcountry.com

The draw: The holy grail of speed and comfort

The newest wheels from Zipp come at a hefty price but deliver on performance. The unique shape, inspired by the pectoral fins of humpback whales, was designed to gain more speed with better handling in all conditions. Paired with super efficient and smooth hubs, the 454 wheels spin up fast, hold speed like no other, and don’t get pushed around in gusty conditions. The 27.8mm wide rim offers a comfortable ride that will get you through the longest days. Not only about speed, braking is consistent and predictable. No matter what the course throws at you, the 454 NSW is up to the challenge.

1,525 grams