Friday, March 9, 2007

Zipp ZEDTECH Z4 wheelset

Zipp's catalog of carbon fiber racing wheelsets has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Currently, the Indiana-based company already offers thirty different carbon wheelsets, plus three different disc wheels and one aluminum clincher set. Yet somehow, Zipp decided that that wasn't quite enough and launched its custom ZEDTECH line earlier this year.

ZEDTECH customers have access to virtually every rim, spoke, and hub variation that Zipp offers in order to assemble their dream wheelset. These not only include component models, but also finer details such as carbon fiber rim layup schedules, hybrid ceramic bearings, spoke lacing patterns, and even spoke nipple and decal colors.

Zipp bills our ZEDTECH ZED4 test model as its "ultimate" all-purpose road racing wheelset, equipped with 58mm-deep dimpled tubular rims, dimpled ZEDTECH hubs with hybrid ceramic bearings, Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, and custom black-anodized alloy nipples. As received, our ZED4 set weighs just 1214g for the pair without skewers (550/664g front/rear). Look for these on our upcoming 'dream road bike' build in the coming months.

Price: US$3752

Zipp's premium line evolves from 'Z-Series' to ZEDTECH, and the ZED4 is its premier all-purpose road racing wheelset.

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