ZIPP 101 XPLR Wheelset
The ZIPP 101 XPLR is the company’s first purpose-built wheelset for gravel. Using the same MOTO Technology from their 3MOTO mountain bike wheelset, the single-wall rim construction is designed to flex when cornering and deflecting bumps. This provides compliance and vibration damping to offer more control and durability over harsh terrain, according to ZIPP. ZIPP also claims the rims offer protection against damage and a smooth ride quality that helps reduce rider fatigue—claims that certainly sound ideal for gravel racing and long days in the saddle. Another impressive spec on this wheelset is its internal rim width of 27 millimeters, which is ideal for a variety of gravel and even Tour Divide-ready rubber, ranging from 42mm to 2.2″. Find the specs below.
- ZR1 hubset with improved durability and quicker 66 points of engagement
- MOTO Technology
- TyreWiz is an add-on option
- Available in 700c or 650b with a 27mm wide internal profile
- Weights: 700c: 1,665g / 650b: 1590g
- Available in two colors, Standard and Kwiqsand
- Lifetime Warranty
The ZIPP 101 XPLR wheels will be available in limited quantities in August 2021 and more readily available globally in the following months. The price of the front wheel is $850/€870/£780 and the rear will sell for $950/€970/£866. Find more over at SRAM.com.
G40 XPLR tire
Alongside the new wheels, ZIPP also released a new 40mm gravel tire with a new casing they claim perfectly blends supple and stiff to maximize grip and performance on gravel. The G40 XPLR weighs 480 grams and comes in a tan sidewall. Hopefully, we’ll see larger versions of this design sometime.
Lastly, there’s also a new Service Course handlebar. It’s exactly the same as the one we reviewed here, but with new XPLR branding.
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