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Zipp 858 NSW

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The Draw: Tech, Tech, Tech

There is a lot of tech packed into these wheels: From “Hexfin ABLC dimples” to “Axial Clutch technology” there is an overwhelming list of features. The bottom line, however, is that these wheels are a great weapon to have in your quiver (assuming you can a ord them). They hold speed like a deep wheel should and brake well in wet and dry conditions, but they excel at maintaining a straight line in windy situations. For this reason, these would be ideal for smaller riders who would otherwise struggle with wheels this deep. That said, these wheels still feel deep when turning into a corner or accelerating up to speed. And did we mention that they cost an arm and a leg?

77mm front / 82mm rear rim depth; $4,400; clincher; 1,750g

Review by Jonathan Blyer and Colin Tanner